RHODubai’s Chanel Ayan survived female genital mutilation aged 5

In addition to the physical pain it caused him throughout his teenage years and adolescence, the experience left lasting emotional scars.

“I think the trauma is something I will live with for the rest of my life,” Ayan said. “That’s why I want to talk about it, because honestly I don’t want this to happen to anyone because I know exactly what it feels like and it’s not good. A lot of girls are depressed, the hormones are out of balance, a lot of young girls are dying.”

Ayan says it’s “the first time most of my friends and family will see me talking” about the traumatic experience.

“We don’t share things like that, it’s kind of kept secret in our families,” Ayan explained. “I just feel like after opening [up about] that, I was taking my power away from the people who had done that to me who I trusted the most because I was five years old and I didn’t know what was happening to me. I didn’t even know what was going on. I just want to raise as much awareness as possible because this is still happening 35 years later. Every 11 minutes it happens to a little girl as confused as me.”

The Bravo star is even launching her own makeup line, Ayan Beauty, to raise funds to help end this harmful practice.

“As long as I use my platform to raise awareness to stop this, if I can save 20 girls, 100 girls, 500 girls, I feel like that’s the goal I have,” he said. declared on RHODubai said the star. “It’s child abuse. And a lot of girls are dying for no reason.”


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