Topic of the month: Breast Ironing

Did you know….?

Up to 3.8 million girls worldwideare affected by breast flattening (UN).

It is also thought that up to 1000 girls in the UKhave been subjected to the practice.

You may have heard of FGM, but a more recent revelation in child abuse terms is the use of breast flattening in certain cultures to stop a child’s breasts from developing at an early age. In fact, in around 58% of cases, the girl’s mother is generally the abuser (Department of Public Health Science). 

The following short video gives some information on the practice:

Currently, in the UK, there is no specific law against the practice of breast ironing. There are various campaigns at the moment that are trying to lobby for banning the practice, but there are many people that worry that it will be seen as banning a cultural practice.

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