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Female Genital Mutilation

Freedom of Information: Female Genital Mutilation

Thank you for your request dated 11 October 2013 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the undernoted information;

1. How many cases/incidents have been referred to COPFS which relate to or include references to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)?;

2. How many of these cases have been marked no proceedings?; and

3. How many cases have been prosecuted under the FGM legislation?

Any case of Female Genital Mutilation reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service will be carefully and seriously considered on the individual facts and circumstances by Crown Counsel in the National Sexual Crimes Unit. Female Genital Mutilation is principally, if not exclusively, practiced on children. Our specialist prosecutors in the National Sexual Crimes Unit are highly experienced in cases involving the physical and sexual abuse of children and a victim focused approach is taken. We can reassure any victim that where there is sufficient credible evidence of a crime the matter will be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted.

Following a search of our electronic records, I have established that there is no record of any report in relation to offences under the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Act 2005 being reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS). Accordingly, there is no data to consider for parts 2 and 3 of your request.