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RHODubai’s Chanel Ayan Survived Genital Mutilation at Age 5

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In addition to the physical pain it caused her throughout her adolescent and teenage years, the experience left long-lasting emotional scars.

โ€œI think the trauma is something that I will live with for the rest of my life,โ€ Ayan said. โ€œThis is why I want to talk about it, because I honestly donโ€™t want this to happen to anyone because I know exactly how it feels and itโ€™s not good. A lot of girls get depressed, hormones are imbalanced, a lot of young girls die.โ€

Ayanย says this is โ€œthe first time most of my friends and family will actually see that Iโ€™m talking aboutโ€ the traumatic experience.

โ€œWe donโ€™t share things like this, itโ€™s kind of kept quiet inย our families,โ€ Ayan explained. โ€œI just feel like after opening [up about] it, I was taking my power away from the people that did this to me that I trusted the most because I was five years old and I did notย know what was happening to me. I didnโ€™t even know what was going on. I just want to bring awareness toย it as much as possible because itโ€™s still happening 35 years later. Every 11 minutes itโ€™s happening to some little girl that is as confused asย me.โ€

The Bravo star is even starting her own makeup line, Ayan Beauty, to raise proceeds to help put an end to this harmful practice.

โ€œAs long as I use my platform to bring awareness to stop thisโ€”if I can save 20 girls, 100 girls, 500 girls, I feel like thatโ€™s the purpose I have,โ€ the RHODubai star said. โ€œItโ€™s child abuse. And a lot of girls just die for no reason.โ€

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