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Published on Feb 9, 2014
Christian Bahls, president of MOGiS eV - A voice for victims, testifies at the historic Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) hearing in Strasbourg, France on January 28, 2014, an unprecedented debate on baby circumcision.
"But I would like to ask you to allow this debate to take place - the debate about the legitimacy of non-therapeutic foreskin amputation, the so-called 'circumcision' - that this debate can take place. Today I represent those of our members who have been negatively affected by foreskin amputation in their childhood. Those men perceive their circumcision as a mutilation. They see their voice being neglected, and many of them feel abused.
"Some of the African members told me that there is evidence, pictures, and reports that male circumcision in its consequences can be as bad as female genital mutilation, even the one which is called infibulation.
"Of course men negatively affected by circumcision will not report negative effects to a pro-circumcision urologist. They just do not want to be laughed at. For those men the debate about circumcision is not a debate about issues of religious freedom, but the issue of sexual self-determination and the right to an open future." ~~Christian Bahls, Mathematician, Applied Maths & Computational Engineering, President MOGiS e.V. Representing Victims of Sexual Abuse, Rostock Area, Germany http://mogis-verein.de/