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This website is intended as a resource for men who wanted to document their harm from circumcision done in infancy or childhood, as well as for
parents - medical professionals - ethicists - religious leaders - attorneys - child protection advocates - human rights campaigners - legislators - and the media
Singly, a man's report of circumcision harm is dismissed as anecdotal.
Collectively, these reports are proof that circumcision damages boys and the men they become.
The harm is actual, concrete and particularized to unconsenting males in many parts of the world.*
* with the exception of some African nations where both boys and girls are subjected to genital cutting customs
Tim Hammond - Survey Programmer
World Wide Day of Genital Autonomy 2014 participate
I N T R O D U C T I O N T O T H E P R O B L E M
The Global Survey of Circumcision Harm (GSCH) was launched in June 2011 because the medical community has never investigated the long-term adverse physical, sexual, emotional or psychological consequences of infant/childhood circumcision on the health of adult men.
Documenting this long-term harm is impeded by:
widespread ignorance among men, including doctors, about complete penile anatomy and the functions and benefits of the foreskin;
lack of familiarity with how to identify circumcision damage;
lack of appropriate opportunities to document these adverse consequences;
the fact that the U.S. medical community does not collect any statistics on the number of botched circumcisions or deaths, let alone the long-term adverse outcomes to men. This was revealed in 1985 by Edward Wallerstein, author of Circumcision: An American Health Fallacy, at the 10 minute mark of this 15-minute television interview [IE browsers: up to 2 minutes load time]
denial among victims and circumcisers (many of whom are victims themselves) that damage has occurred, as in these video interviews with circumcised women and men whose genitals were cut as young children and this debate between Essayist Christopher Hitchens and Rabbi Kushner.
the medical community's unethical preying upon parental fears about health in order to promote a needless surgery from which it profits, as explained in this interview with the director of Doctors Opposing Circumcision.
individual physicians who obscure the harm of circumcision by portraying it as 'health promotion' thereby asking the public to suspend common sense, demonstrated by this interview of Dr. Lisa Masterson by talk show host Craig Ferguson.
To understand the scope of the problem of male genital cutting today, please visit:
This ongoing survey is a grassroots, all-volunteer effort to provide an online self-report and documentation method for any male who considers himself harmed by childhood genital cutting imposed on him without his fully informed consent.
Until the medical community investigates these consequences, the internet remains an alternate venue offering these men the comfort level they require to document such harm.
While the survey of course does not claim to represent all circumcised men, most of the physical damage from a "proper" circumcision revealed by our respondents is universal among all men circumcised in infancy or childhood, whether or not they realize or admit to it.
It is hoped that documenting such consequences and making the results publicly accessible will provide a starting point for dialogue about the long-term adverse consequences of male genital cutting. It is hoped that this harm will be investigated by medical communities and taken seriously by the societies where customs of male childhood genital cutting occur.
WHAT YOU WILL FIND AT THIS WEBSITE
Survey Custom Reports
On 21 September 2012 the survey was closed to new respondents. Please click Results to learn more about the findings.
Order a report based on custom parameters specific to your interest that includes any number of filters such as age, country of birth or residence, state/province of birth or residence, religion, type of harm, etc.
View the most recent statistical results of the survey.
If you believe the public must be made more aware of circumcision harm, you can donate to defray costs of hosting/promoting this survey, and publishing the results for public benefit.
Compare photos of natural intact male genitals to photos of damage uploaded by our survey respondents.
Help to promote wider participation by men who know they've been harmed by childhood circumcision by publicizing the survey.
Testimony More Research
Respondents may agree in advance to share personal/video testimony of their harm with qualified researchers, filmmakers or oral historians. They can also submit video testimony of harm for posting at this site. Many video testimonies are already posted.
Published research on natural penile anatomy, foreskin physiology, circumcision damage, harm done to men by specious claims of circumcision for HIV reduction, and world medical association statements on circumcision and human rights.
ACTION: U.S. Federal Bill HR 2400 Will Enshrine Genital Cutting into Law Write Your Representative to Vote No
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