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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 nations where children of both sexes are subjected to genital cutting,
circumcision harm is actual, concrete and particularized to unconsenting males in many parts of the world."
Tim Hammond - Curriculum Vitae - Survey Programmer
SKIP below to "Introduction to the Problem"
April 2019: 'My son killed himself after circumcision.' "It happens more frequently than people realise." Article
March 2019: BBC Inside Out about Male Circumcision. Circumcision sufferers and their families reveal the harm that circumcision caused them; callous cutting advocates invoke 'ritual' and 'identity'. Video
March 2018: Comments by Tim Hammond and Dr. Mark Reiss (to the Sept 2017 article by Bossio & Pukall regarding attitudes about one's circumcision) were published in Archives of Sexual Behavior.
March 2017: Survey results published by the International Journal of Human Rights.
"Long-term adverse outcomes from neonatal circumcision in a survey of 1,008 men: an overview of health and human rights implications" See Results tab
May 2017: Health related and sexual consequences of non-therapeutic male circumcision in children
Presentation by Dr. Morten Frisch at the World Association for Sexual Health Congress. video
July 2016: Findings from the Global Survey of Circumcision Harm
Presentation by Tim Hammond at the International Conference on Men's Issues (London, England). video
May 2015: Review of Findings from the Global Survey of Circumcision Harm
Presentation by Tim Hammond at the Myths & Multiple Standards conference (Frankfurt, Germany). video
11 August 2018
New documentary exposes genital cutting of boys in Uganda. Read more and watch 'The Bamasaba Cut'
16 January 2018
Understanding the psychological harm of male circumcision
Circumcision damage is often trivialised and goes unrecognised by health care professionals, family and friends, and sometimes by the individual himself. Research has shown that symptoms of PTSD are often present in circumcised men, sometimes lifelong. It can present as, or trigger, a multitude of other psychological conditions, such as OCD, agoraphobia or depression. The aim of this workshop at Keele University (Keele, U.K.) is to enable counsellors to recognise specific symptoms not always acknowledged by the client and others, and to help professionals provide an appropriate response. Details and registration
Results from the
Global Survey of Circumcision Harm
are quoted in
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 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.
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