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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.
Except for some African and Muslim-majority nations where children of both sexes
have their genitals forcibly cut, in many parts of the world
circumcision harm is actual, concrete and particularized to unconsenting males."
Tim Hammond - Curriculum Vitae - Survey Programmer
Use the above "Results" tab to view and download our final report
to learn why a circumcision does not need to be "botched" to cause harm,
and why even circumcisions that meet the "standard of care" cause damage,
or SKIP below to "Introduction to the Problem"
U P D A T E S
Help Circumcision Sufferers and Foreskin Restorers be heard at WAS2023 (foreskin restorer survey findings to be presented). Go Fund Me campaign (deadline 31 October)
Break the Circumcision Taboo & End Male Genital Mutilation Luke Story Podcast with Eric Clopper
Survey Data Shows The Foreskin Regeneration Market is Over 200 Billion Dollars. Hegemon Media
Comment: Foreskin restorers: insights into motivations, successes, challenges and experiences with medical and mental health professionals. Mokken SE, Özer M, Timmermans FW. International Journal of Impotence Research | View
‘Male circumcision’ and ‘female genital mutilation’: why parents choose the procedures and the case for gender bias in medical nomenclature. JL Nuzzo. International Journal of Human Rights. 2023:1-24 | PDF
A landmark survey of almost 1800 foreskin restorers from 60 nations was published in the International Journal of Impotence Research.
Foreskin restorers: insights into motivations, successes, challenges, and experiences with medical and mental health professionals – An abridged summary of key findings. Hammond T, Sardi L, Jellison W, et al | ViewIs circumcision still appropriate for today? A Jewish/Muslim Dialogue | YouTube
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2012 Circumcision Policy Statement officially expired in 2017. Most policy statements issued by the AAP expire automatically after 5 years unless renewed, reaffirmed or superceded by a new statement. A couple of dedicated individuals had to remind the AAP to update its relevant webpages to reflect the expired status of that policy. In January the AAP changed the status of the policy to 'Expired'. It remains to be seen what this means for doctors, hospitals and private clinics who continue to promote circumcision by referring to this now expired policy. Expired 2012 Circumcision Policy Statement on AAP website / PDF | Expired 2012 Male Circumcision Technical Report on AAP website / PDF
From the activist archives:
US health insurers knowingly pay for medically unnecessary newborn circumcision. Some even openly concede that it's a social custom and pay for it anyway, just to please plan members and to stay competitive. These were the findings from a 1994 NOHARMM investigative project. The situation likely remains unchanged in 2023. PDF
Consumers in the 1990s succeeded in lobbying state legislatures to de-list Medicaid funding of newborn circumcision. A 2004 article by North Carolina resident Amber Craig describes the process that she and others followed to protect children and help save tax payer dollars from being spent on this medically unnecessary surgery. PDF
From the medical archives:
Circumcision in America in 1998: Attitudes, Beliefs, and Charges of American Physicians. (1999, Chris Fletcher, MD)
Mirror page added to this site for the groundbreaking 1995 video documentary 'Whose Body, Whose Rights?
New legal website launches: Genital Autonomy Legal Defense and Education Fund
Is Circumcision "Necessary" in Islam? (Journal of Religion and Health) PDF
Two Jewish brothers on Swiss TV: Ephraim's and Manasseh's foreskin was cut off and they suffer from it (YouTube) (German with English captions)
Rethinking the Circumcision Part 1: Gary Shteyngart & Max Buckler (Ep. 31 Podcast-July 27-excellent, nuanced discussion) | listen from this website
Worldwide Day of Genital Autonomy/10th Anniversary - May 7, 2022: Website | Full playlist of international video presentatiions (YouTube)
Recommended from WWDOGA 2021: Circumcision in Medicine and Islamic Culture & Religion by Dr. Mohamed Fahmy
The Genital Autonomy Movement responds to antisemitism:An Elephant in the Genital Autonomy Movement R. McAllister
Removal of the Foreskin: More than a Cut Manasseh and Ehpraim Seidenberg call for a rethinking. Mannschaft. PDF
Newly published. Circumcision is a Fraud: The Coming Legal Reckoning. Peter W. Adler, MA, JD. Available as Paperback or Kindle at Amazon
UPDATES BEFORE 2022 ARE UNDER THE RESEARCH & NEWS TAB
Circumcised Men Speak Out
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. In March 2017 survey results were published in the International Journal of Human Rights.
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 survey in 2011-2012 was a grassroots, all-volunteer effort to provide an online self-report and documentation method for any male who considered himself harmed by childhood genital cutting imposed on him without his 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 visit the Results tab to learn more about the findings.
Order a report based on custom parameters that includes filters such as age, country/state/province of birth or residence, religion, type of harm, etc. No longer available
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
Many respondents submitted video testimony of their harm for posting to this site. Visit the Testimonies tab to hear how childhood genital cutting has affected men physically, sexually, emotionally and/or psychologically.
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.
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