Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female cutting, is when a girl's private parts are removed or altered. It's abuse and is illegal in the UK.
It's very painful and dangerous and can cause long-lasting damage and emotional distress to the victim who is often cut with a knife, razor or even scissors with no anaesthetic.
It can lead to severe bleeding, infection, infertility or even death.
If you, or someone you know, is at immediate risk of FGM tel: 999.
If you, or someone you know, has undergone FGM and needs medical attention visit your doctor or local hospital.
The age at which FGM is carried out varies. It may be carried out when a girl is new-born, during childhood or adolescence, just before marriage or during pregnancy.
For help and advice the NSPCC has an anonymous helpline, tel: 0800 028 3550.