In Memory of the Sexually Mutilated Child

In Memory of the Sexually Mutilated Child

In memory of all the children throughout history

who have died at the hands of sexual mutilators;

and in memory of those who almost died,

those who wanted to die,

and those who wished they had died;

and in memory of those who never knew

that a sexual mutilator killed

a beautiful, wondrous, irreplaceable part of them.

See also: and American Circumcision Documentary

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For Mikey -

I never forgot you.

"... my grief lies all within;
And these external manners of laments
Are merely shadows to the unseen grief
That swells with silence in the tortured soul."


[Circumciser crushing off baby's foreskin with Sheldon clamp]

"What happens to you here is forever."

"Through lack of understanding they remained sane."

George Orwell, 1984

"I waited for years for someone to say
what I thought should be said. But no one
did. So I started saying it myself."

John A. Erickson

"Mutilation ... implies the cutting off or removal
of a part essential to completeness, not only of a
person but also of a thing, and to his or its perfection,
beauty, entirety, or fulfillment of function."

Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms
Springfield, Massachusetts: G. & C. Merriam Company, 1968

"A piece of skin the size of a quarter
contains more than three million cells, 12
feet of nerves, 100 sweat glands, 50 nerve
endings, and almost three feet of blood vessels."

The Human Connection
Ashley Montagu and Floyd Matson
McGraw-Hill, 1979


"Circumcision removes a piece of skin
almost equivalent to a 3 x 5 index card."

Say No to Circumcision! 40 Compelling Reasons
Thomas J. Ritter, MD, and George C. Denniston, MD
Hourglass Book Publishing, 1996


Fifteen quarters will fit on a
3 x 5 index card with room to spare.

"Without nerve endings, one cannot feel --
much as without eyes, one cannot see."

Fran P. Hosken

"Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity."

George Bernard Shaw

Baby being circumcised in U.S. hospital

Mohel sucking blood from baby's circumcised penis

Six-year-old Muslim boy about to be circumcised

Turkish boy being circumcised

This seven-year-old girl's clitoris has just been cut off.

This is how most males born in the
U.S. today are welcomed into the world.

Baby strapped to Circumstraint

Circumciser tearing baby's foreskin from his glans

Baby right after being circumcised

Circumcised baby with bandaged penis

One Baby's Experience

"These crimes will never be forgotten
and those involved will be condemned for all time,
both during their life and after their death,
without benefit of moratorium."
Medvedev and Medvedev
A Question of Madness

Four-year-old Saudi Arabian boy's penile stump,
severed penis, and "successful" reattachment
after ritual circumcision

Mother embracing son whose glans was
destroyed during laser circumcision in Turkey

Jacob Sweet

$10,000 Reward

"Today, Jacob is nine years old and is severely brain damaged.
He cannot walk, talk or care for himself in any respect."

Alaska Law Firm Settles Lawsuit
With Family of Brain-Damaged Boy

"Betrayed by Doctors and Lawyers in Alaska, Sweets
Find Justice Through Seattle Malpractice Attorney"

Infant Circumcision: The Perfect Crime

"There's something deranged about anyone who persists in
circumcising babies after being confronted with the facts."

The Serial Circumciser

"Carving, crushing, burning, and slicing a baby's penis,
reducing it to gore, getting his hands covered with penis
blood, and filling his ears with shrieks and screams of agony
and terror are the potent drug cocktail the serial circumciser
needs to make himself feel alive."

Some Statements

"I want to know why doctors mutilate women. I want to know
why they mutilate male babies. I want to know what compels
mutilators to mutilate.
It's not just money. I want to know if
the percentage of doctors who cut genitals is higher among
doctors whose own genitals have been cut. Is male infant
circumcision at the bottom of all this cutting? Is it?

Carla Miller, Founder, Patients In ARMS


"I wish I could circumcise every uncircumcised man
in the world, so they'd all be like me. I don't have
a foreskin and no one else should have one either."

Private communication


"What turned me off the whole circumcision scene was
to read a report recently about a bunch of men nursing
erections as they watched a shrieking baby having his
foreskin cut away. When I contemplate the perfection
and symmetry of my little boy's body, including his penis,
I feel a sense of pride at having produced such a beauty,
and I shudder that there are perverts, like I describe, who
would actually take pleasure in marring his perfection."

From a letter from Ms. A. C. Herts
The Acorn [Society Newsletter], Issue No. 1 1992, page 10


"I was never to see those beautiful,
mystic, Leboyer newborn-baby smiles again."

Rosemary Romberg, after the circumcision
of her third son, eight days old
(Circumcision: The Painful Dilemma, page xx)


"Why didn't you tell me? Why didn't you talk
me out of it? Why didn't someone stop me?"

Mother and health care provider after watching a video
about circumcision after her son had been circumcised
("Quotations and Comments by North Dakotans Since 1992
Regarding the Ritual of Routine Infant Circumcision,"
compiled with comments by Duane Voskuil, PhD,
NOCIRC of North Dakota/ Bismarck)


"It's absolutely horrible. I didn't know how horrific it
was going to be. It was the most gruesome thing I have
ever seen in my life. I told the doctor as soon as he was
done, if I had a gun I would have killed him."

Melissa Morrison, seven months after
watching the circumcision of her baby son
"The psychological impact of circumcision," by R. Goldman
BJU [British Journal of Urology] International
Volume 83, [Circumcision] Supplement 1, January 1999


"I'm sobbing. The baby's screaming. The doctor's cutting.
There's blood everywhere. And the doctor looked into my
face and said, 'There's no medical reason for doing this.'"

Marilyn Milos, RN, Executive Director, NOCIRC and Intact America


"If I had had my baby circumcised and then
seen the video, I think I would have gone crazy."

Private communication from a woman who divorced
her circumcised husband and got custody of their baby
son because her husband, after seeing a baby being
circumcised on the NOCIRC Circumcision Video,
insisted that their baby son be circumcised anyway


"Millions of Jews were murdered during the Holocaust
because circumcision marked them as Jews! This must
never happen again! Everyone should be circumcised!"

Pediatrician's wife,
American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Conference
Hyatt-Regency Hotel, Chicago, April 14, 1996

[The pediatrician she spat this out to and a nurse who
heard her (both of whom asked to remain anonymous)
told me this in two separate conversations. The nurse
said there were not enough exclamations points in the
universe to convey the ferocity this woman displayed.
How common is this woman's attitude -- especially
among obstetricians, pediatricians and urologists?]


"I would do anything not to hurt you,
my parents, except hurt my child."

Jewish mother who refused to
have her baby son circumcised
It's a Boy! (video), by Victor Schonfeld


"I will die hearing my baby's screams."

Miriam Pollack
Third International Symposium on Circumcision
University of Maryland, May 1994

"The infant [Prince William] was tagged Baby Wales
and breastfed by his mother, who was adamant that
he should not be circumcised like his father."

Diana in Private: The Princess Nobody Knows
Lady Colin Campbell (NY: St. Martins Press, 1992)


Sixth International Symposium on Sexual Mutilations:
Securing Human Rights in the 21st Century

University of Sydney, Australia, 7-9 December 2000

Legals experts, health-care professionals, medical
researchers, and scholars from Australia, Brazil, Egypt,
Europe, Korea, New Zealand, and North America will address
the medical, legal, and human rights aspects of male and
female sexual mutilations. All presentations will be in English.

For program flier with registration form, send SASE to:
NOCIRC, POB 2512, San Anselmo, CA 94979-2512 USA.

33 Photographs of
The Intact Adult Male Foreskin

"I am enthralled by your beautiful images of
what can never be brought back to life for me."

The entire exhibit. 33 small color images on one web page.

The entire exhibit. 33 medium-size black-and-white images on one web page.

The entire exhibit. 33 large color images, each on its own page.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31 32 33

The Three Zones of Penile Skin

"Photographs that show exactly what we are trying to protect."
Marilyn F. Milos, RN, Executive Director, NOCIRC

Five small and five medium-size color images, all on one web page

Five small and five medium-size black-and-white images, all on one web page

Five large color images, each on its own page

3 Zones #1    3 Zones #2    3 Zones #3    3 Zones #4    3 Zones #5

Permission to copy, print, reproduce, transfer, and distribute
images from "33 Photographs of the Intact Adult Male Foreskin" and
"The Three Zones of Penile Skin" without profit, hereby granted. -JAE

Circumcision Scars

Residual penis of adult circumcised when he was a baby (#1)

Residual penis of adult circumcised when he was a baby (#2)

Adult Jewish male

Foreskin Restoration
(Glans Re-covering)

"I remember my foreskin. I want my foreskin back."

Routine Circumcision Not Recommended, AAP Says
NOCIRC Press Release

"Despite the many shortcomings of its new position statement,
the American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that it does not
recommend circumcision. The already declining circumcision rate
in the U.S. should therefore drop dramatically."
NOCIRC Annual Report, Spring 1999

American Academy of Pediatrics

Task Force on Circumcision
Circumcision Policy Statement

(With More Than 100 Hyperlinks)

Where Is My Foreskin?
The Case Against Circumcision

Paul M. Fleiss, MD
Mothering Magazine, Winter 1997

"'Where Is My Foreskin? The Case Against Circumcision,' by
Paul M. Fleiss, M.D., in the Winter 1997 issue of Mothering
achieved classic status almost overnight as the most comprehensive,
most thorough article about the foreskin and circumcision published
by the popular press to date."
Letter from the Editor, NOCIRC Annual Report, Spring 1998

Immunological functions of the human prepuce
PM Fleiss, FM Hodges, RS Van Howe
Sexually Transmitted Infections, October 1998

"Dr. Fleiss et al. in their definitive article on the immunological
functions of the foreskin have itemized the recent medical reasons
given to justify routine circumcision of the foreskin and have
debunked them all. They explain the importance of this normal human
structure in detail, so there should now be no more attempts to
medically justify the ancient and unnecessary practice of circumcision
in this modern era of enlightened medicine."
Kenneth J. Baker, MD, FACOG

Medical Journal Articles Documenting
The Complications of Circumcision

"[A] horrifying, mind-numbing exposé of total penis amputation,
sex-change operations, gangrene, blood poisoning, heart failure,
collapsed lungs, and severe burns. Why has this information been hidden
from the general public? Why isn't it included on the circumcision consent
forms doctors and hospitals give parents to sign?"
Comment from a viewer

Foreskins For Sale

"Parents should be wary of anyone who tries to retract their child's foreskin,
and especially wary of anyone who wants to cut it off. Human foreskins
are in great demand for any number of commercial enterprises, and the
marketing of purloined baby foreskins is a multimillion-dollar-a-year industry."
"Where Is My Foreskin? The Case Against Circumcision"
Paul M. Fleiss, MD
Mothering Magazine, Winter 1997

Medical Journal Articles Documenting
The Use of Human Foreskins in Medical,
Pharmaceutical, and Other Commercial Enterprises

Sexual Mutilations: A Human Tragedy:
Intro &
Full Text (PDF)
Procedings of the Fourth International Symposium on Circumcision,
Lausanne, Switzerland, August 9-11, 1996
Edited by George C. Denniston, MD, and Marilyn Fayre Milos, RN
(Contents and ordering information)

Male and Female Circumcision:
Medical, Legal, and Ethical Considerations
in Pediatric Practice

Procedings of the Fifth International Symposium on Sexual Mutilations
University of Oxford, England, August 5-7, 1998
Edited by George C. Denniston, Frederick Mansfield Hodges,
and Marilyn Fayre Milos
(Contents and ordering information)

Circumcision Supplement
BJU International

British Journal of Urology

Volume 83, Supplement 1, January 1999
(Contents and ordering information)

A Short History of Circumcision in the U.S.
in Physicians' Own Words

"Intentionally amputating healthy erogenous genital tissue from
tethered, protesting infants is a surgical act of sexual sadism."

What Is Lost?
Gary Harryman

"When a baby boy's normal intact penis is
circumcised, this is what is lost -- forever."

Informed Consent for Medically Necessary Circumcision
Eileen Marie Wayne, MD

"Circumcision meets the legal definition of sexual assault and child abuse."

"Why I Stopped Circumcising Babies"

Violating the Golden Rule -- George C. Denniston, MD

"I clearly violated, all in one instant, the Golden Rule
(I certainly would not have wanted that done to me); the major
tenet of medical practice, First, Do No Harm; and all seven
Principles of the American Medical Association's Code of Ethics."

Foreword to Circumcision Exposed -- Paul M. Fleiss, MD

"I now know that every baby I circumcised cried and
that I never responded to their pain ... I then decided I was
on their side; my job was to protect babies, not harm them."

What Your Baby Can't Tell You

Compiled and edited by John A. Erickson

"But deception is often nonverbal, and conveyed instead
by gesture or false visual clues; even by silence, as
in situations where a clear risk ought to be pointed out."
Encyclopedia of Bioethics
The Free Press, 1978

"A Piece of Skin the Size of a Quarter"

"Circumcision Produces These Irreversible Changes"

"A Scream We Will Never Forget"

"The Complications of Circumcision"

"The Circumcised Male Has Less Penis"

"Sight Without Color"
(Statements by Men Circumcised as Adults)

"Circumcision ... Took Away ...
[Masturbation's] Intense Pleasure"

"The Animal Kingdom Would Probably
Cease to Exist Without Smegma"

"Deaths Do Occur as a Result of Circumcision ...
No One Knows How Many"

"Deaths Attributable to Newborn
Circumcision Are Rare"

"I Fucked Her Raw"
And Other Statements Suggesting That
Circumcision Helps Spread HIV and STDs

"I Was Never to See Those Beautiful,
Mystic, Leboyer Newborn-Baby Smiles Again"

"The Darker Regions of the Human Mind"

"Circumcision Is a Brutal Ritual Rooted
in Superstition and Should be Abandoned"

Consent given by a person of good will to circumcise a baby can never be -- and never has been -- informed. The only informed choice possible for a person of good will to make about the foreskin of a baby is the choice that the baby himself, when old enough to understand what his foreskin is and what would have been done to it he had been circumcised, is most likely to be glad was made for him. That choice, beyond any reasonable doubt, is to let him keep his foreskin intact.

John A. Erickson

Deeper Into Circumcision:
An Invitation to Awareness

And Guide to Resources for Researchers, Parents,
Restorers, Activists and the Merely Curious

Compiled and edited by John A. Erickson

"Truth invites examination."

Contents and Selections


"Look at these hands"
Mary Conant, RN

"We love you and we are here to protect you"
Betty Katz Sperlich, RN

"He Didn't Even Cry" / Febo

"Feelings Too Violent to Describe"

Circumcision Deaths/Disasters Headlines
(Popular Press)

Vulvo-Rectal Fistula from Violence
During First Coition

Does Male Circumcision Help Spread AIDS?

Circumcised Mice


Recreational/Erotic/Fetish Circumcision
"Circs make me HARD!"

Patent for Electrosurgical Circumcision Apparatus

"The child was not aware of the mutilation he had suffered"

"The Eye of the Beholder"

Selections from
Making America Safe for Foreskins
Selected Letters Published and Unpublished
From 1982 to 1992
And Other Writing by John A. Erickson

For Marilyn

The evil of the corruption and falsification of law,
religion, education and public opinion is so enormous
that the minds of ordinary people are unable to grasp it.
George Bernard Shaw

The curse of man and the cause of nearly all his woe
is his stupendous capacity to believe the incredible.
H. L. Mencken

The most tragic words in any language are "too late."
Author unknown

Two Mindsets / A Suggestion for Settling the
Infant Circumcision Dispute Once and for All

Is Infant Circumcision a Moral/Ethical Issue?

Foreskin Deprivation Anxiety: The Secret Torment

Circumciser, Heal Thyself

What "Emotional Harm Affecting a Child Throughout His Life"?

Is There Life After Birth?

Open Letter to the American Medical Association
(The Human Foreskin, Infant Circumcision, and Common Sense)

Does Male Circumcision Victimize Women?

"The Best Reason to Let a Baby Keep His Foreskin Intact"
and Other Letters

To Persons of Good Will Who Circumcise Babies

Other Writing

Infant Circumcision: Foreskin Amputation by Force

Letter to Parents Magazine (3/22/92)

Miscellaneous Letters

Excerpts from Miscellaneous Letters

Let's Let Everyone Keep Their Genitals Intact for a Happier World

"Just Anecdotal"
"I'm going to cut your foreskin off, little boy"
And Other First Person Statements


First Love

Ode to My Husband's Missing Foreskin
"I never knew you. I wish I had."

Words in recurring dream of
gynecological mutilation victim


Miscellaneous Documents

Miscellaneous Letters

Miscellaneous Photographs

"Genital mutilation is the foremost violent
warfare of genocide consuming humanity through
its children's godlike organs of love"

And Other Miscellaneous Brief Statements



The Face of an Unmutilated Child

Cover of FACT Magazine July-August 1966
"An antidote to the timidity and corruption of the American Press"

This is your baby.
This is your baby on a Circumstraint.
Any questions?

This is your baby.
This is your baby being circumcised.
Any questions?

Drawing by Casey Ryan Miller, age 14

"A piece of skin the size of a quarter..."

"Now do you think it makes no difference?"

"What's done to children, they will do to society" (#1)

"What's done to children, they will do to society" (#2)

"What's done to children, they will do to society" (#3)

Is there a connection ... ?

"It may well be that a society's greatest madness
seems normal to itself"

Who will protect us from our protectors?

"Shear Madness!"

"I can hold a sign too, Dad"

Circumcision Policy Statement
American Academy of Pediatrics
Task Force on Circumcision
March 1, 1999

"Circumcise me?"
(Open letter to routine infant circumcision advocates
Edgar J. Schoen, MD; Gerald N. Weiss, MD;
and Thomas E. Wiswell, MD)

T-Shirts and Bumper Stickers


Cartoon by Steve Breen

Thank You, Howard Stern

"It's barbaric. It should be outlawed."

Current Sources of False and/or Misleading
Information About the Foreskin and Circumcision

"By means of shrewd and unremitting propagnda, it is possible
to make people think that heaven is hell and the hell is heaven."

Adolph Hitler

Sue Circumcisers

"Cyberwords can expose the denied repressed shadow circumcisers
compulsively act out, but only lawsuits will stop them."

Anne E. Weiley

Legal Decisions and Lawsuit Settlements

Circumcision: Doctors Liable for Criminal Assault
Attorneys for the Rights of the Child Press Release

Organizations with No Website



Miscellaneous Resources

Books, Photographs and Videos by John A. Erickson

Links to Information
About the Foreskin, Circumcision, and Foreskin Restoration
On the World Wide Web

"Light in a world of darkness"
George Hill's tribute to Geoffrey Falk and his
Circumcision Information and Resource Pages website

In Memoriam
Thank You, Never to be Forgotten Heroes

Three Statements by John A. Erickson

Special Announcement
Men's Health July-August 1998

"The entire 'medical' database in the U.S. about the foreskin
and circumcision has been corrupted by superstition, myths,
false information, cover-ups and lies."

"Would any amount of money induce you
to part with your foreskin -- and if so,
how much? If not, why not?"

Infant Circumcision: Crime Against Humanity

"... legalized, institutionalized, sanctified human vivisection ...
The birthright of males -- all males -- to keep all of the penis
they are born with must therefore be secured by law."

Have a story to tell?

"Is there something deep in your heart you want to express?"

"Humanity at Its Finest"

Comments from Visitors to This Website

"I am forever indebted to the people on the Net
who informed me so I didn't hurt my baby boy."

1998     1999     2000 (Jan.-June)     2000 (July- )

"Thank you, John Erickson"

"... the dark, chilling undercurrents that run through
the history of circumcision ... psychopathic obsessions
and compulsions that most people could never understand."


"Sharing the awareness that the human penis is designed correctly the way it normally comes into the world: with its foreskin intact; that a male's possession of his own penis -- including his foreskin -- is his inviolable birthright; and that a child's chances for health and happiness throughout his life are greater -- by far -- if he is allowed to keep all of the penis he is born with."
John A. Erickson
March 1998
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In Memory of the Sexually Mutilated Child is listed as a resource in Male and Female Circumcision: Medical, Legal, and Ethical Considerations in Pediatric Practice (Procedings of the Fifth International Symposium on Sexual Mutilations, University of Oxford, England, August 5-7, 1998), edited by George C. Denniston, Frederick Mansfield Hodges, and Marilyn Fayre Milos (Plenum Publishers 1999).

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