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This AFRUCA study focusing on attitudes towards and experiences of Female Genital Mutilation by African communities in Greater Manchester took place between July and December 2014 and involved focus group sessions held with 110 participants (98 women and 12 men) drawn from 12 different communities across the region. The study concluded that the practice of different types of female genital mutilation exists across many different African communities in Greater Manchester. Many participants who took part in the focus groups did not want to admit to having any previous knowledge or personal experience of FGM or its occurrence in their communities. We believe this denial stemmed from a possible fear of admitting to having knowledge of a practice which is illegal in this country.

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