Last updated by Stephanie.Rosser@essex.gov.uk on Thursday, October 12, 2023
Valerie spoke to the Trauma Ambassador Group at Healthwatch as a victim and survivor of FGM.
‘As a victim of female genital mutilation, it was a horrific experience I can’t allow anyone to undergo. I struggled in silence with this as my thoughts and feelings were clouded with shame and loneliness for a very long time. I suffered a lot of trauma, not just the traumatic experiences but it also affected me in a lot of ways: emotionally, psychologically, mentally, and physically. I often say that female genital mutilation is “a life sentence that stays with you for the rest of your life” and it has affected me a lot.’
Our FGM pages provide information for professionals to support victims of FGM in Essex.