To: Matt Hancock MP
Ban "Virginity Tests" NOW
1) ban "virginity tests" UK-wide.
2) launch a public health campaign to increase awareness of the science about virginity and respecting women's bodies, working with local communities and schools.
3) legislate custodial sentences, fines or disbarring for doctors who perform such tests, and for any member of the public who pressures someone else to take such a test.
4) increase support for women under pressure to prove their virginity, with a special hotline and refuges for those in danger of violence.
Why is this important?
So-called virginity tests involve a doctor observing or penetrating the vagina with their fingers to see if the woman has had sex. At least 21 clinics right here in the UK offer these tests, which are intrusive and demeaning.
These tests exist for a disturbing reason: because some people place value on women's bodies only when they are 'pure'. No woman should have to prove her virginity, to anyone, ever. Not to a partner, not to their family, and certainly not by paying to be assaulted by a stranger!
These 'tests' are unscientific - they cannot even prove virginity! Let's get this shameful practice banned and better protect women: