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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
Article "The men who want to end circumcision in America", from a 2018 issue of The Advocate (U.S. national gay news magazine). PDF
Intersex interventions (including genital cutting): The common ground shared with male circumcision. Discussion from the 9th annual Worldwide Day of Genital Autonomy/WWDOGA. Video | more info on WWDOGA
Circumcision Campaigns: African Opposition and Human Rights (report to the United Nations) PDF
These facts about circumcision from a Seattle attorney may astonish you Blog Post
World Wide Day of Genital Autonomy (May 07)
A campaign day to promote genital autonomy, especially of infants, initiated by the German "Facharbeitskreis Beschneidungsbetroffener im MOGiS e.V.". Since 2013, it is commemorated on each 7 May in many countries. This date has been chosen because on May 7, 2012, the District Court of Cologne (Germany) judged for the first time in Germany, that the circumcision of male children is an assault. WWDOGA
From the archives: 1995 letter to John A. Erickson "Infant Circumcision: The Perfect Crime" PDF
PSYCHOLOGISTS SEEKING MEN WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED CIRCUMCISION DISTRESS
Men who have experienced circumcision-related emotional distress are invited to complete a brief confidential survey. To participate you must be an U.S. resident who has not attended therapy to address this concern. This survey is part of a larger study which aims to offer guidance to therapists so they can be better equipped to help this population. Your opinions are very valuable to our profession and we greatly appreciate your consideration. For more information and to complete the survey please follow this link. The survey is only open for the month of April 2021.
Circumcision Trauma video playlist by Ronald Goldman, PhD. Link
The harm of circumcision, as discussed in video "Jews Against Circumcision". Video link
Raw video interviews of individuals from the YouTube "Circumcision Harms" docu-series. Link
UPDATES BEFORE 2021 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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