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Victims May Not Know They Are Victims

In her TED Talk, Kakenya Ntaiya, a Kenyan Maasai, speaks of the cultural practices (including female circumcision) she navigated as a child in order to attend school. Great insight from a victim and her perception of the atrocity during and after.

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While every minute of this talk provides exceptional depth to Kakenya's story, what especially stood out to me is the revelation that she had upon arriving to the US: she learned that genital mutilation was against the law and that trading a part of her body shouldn't have been necessary to get an education.

A significant problem space for this challenge may not only be in providing victims with preventative and responsive solutions, but in providing them with the awareness that this isn't- and shouldn't be- the norm. It was this understanding that drove Kakenya to action, and an understanding that may be needed in order for victims to take advantage of any services/tools. We might not just need to gather information, but provide it as well.


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Wow, this puts the problem in a whole new perspective. What if people don't even know that they have an alternative? This really emphasizes the principle that any solution must include instruction or education in some form or it won't work.

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