As our name says we are a Foundation for Research and Re-Education Assuaging Circumcision Harms. Our aims are to support the human rights of all people, to complete integrity of body mind and spirit. We are created whole, male and female and have an ultimate right to remain whole. We believe that no medical or religious practitioners have the right to remove the choice for wholeness from another person of any age, especially an infant or child without their very own consent. Infants, children and adults, male or female are persons, people, not objects.
Nor are our organs and other parts of our bodies, appendages and extremities objects. They form parts of the self and the person as a whole and neither may they be vilified, demonized or depersonalized, set apart from the person’s integrity, as if beneath other parts of the body, as an excuse to damage or amputate them for any arbitrary or contrived reasons, especially not to harm, punish or torture.
Physical integrity is one of the first guarantees most countries make to their citizens. Infants are people, therefore citizens and as such are as fully entitled to human rights as adults who have obligations to support these rights, not violate them because the infant is too vulnerable and immature to object or resist being restrained and circumcised. It is in both short and long term best interests of every infant person and citizen that all who care for them, parents, midwives, nurses, doctors, teachers and religious leaders show the utmost respect and consideration for the integrity of their bodies, including their genitalia.
No medical or religious practitioner of such cutting as circumcision may re-assign the child’s right to integrity to a parent guardian or any one else, or him or herself abrogate it from the child to cut him for financial gain. Rather, he or she has the obligation to reject genital cutting or molestation in all its forms for all historical, traditional or religious reasons and refuse to inflict pain and harm causing lifelong loss of function and sensory deprivation. None of us will be free until our governments and medical systems are held accountable for enforcing the laws promising integrity to all and principles of primum non nocere.
FarReach affirms the Helsinki 2012 Accord which outlines in clear and complete detail the protective measures necessary to avoid genital altering and injury.
A brief word about the long awaited FarReach logo uploaded December 30, 2012: It is designed to be subtle, delicate, symbolic of far-reaching, and instructive! Closer focus and realization of what it represents, usually draws laughter. It is a demo of the primary and most simple method of foreskin restoration, stimulating mitosis (see i4SkinHealth) of the remnant mucosal layer. The little V at the top of the shaded circle represents the urethra of the penis.
NEW !! Genital Cutting: Protecting Children from Medical, Cultural, and Religious Infringements 2013, Chapter 8 pp 107-130 Healing the Harms of Circumcision: A Nursing Case Study, by B. Maurene White, deals with a couple who saved their marriage through foreskin restoration. http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-94-007-6407-1_8
On the other hand, if it means saving a marriage instead of divorcing which would cost a circumcised male umpty-nine years of alimony payments, $29.95 might seem a reasonable option.
We are also the host site for i4SkinHealth, an application for smart phones currently on the Apple iTunes Store under Health and Fitness as well as Lifestyle. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/i4skinhealth/id408258486?ls=1&mt=8
i4SkinHealth functions on iPhone5, iPod and iPad equally well. We are updating i4SkinHealth and hope to have it available as a hardcopy booklet for those who do not use Smart Phones. There is a Paypal button on the Contact, Order, Links, Donate page.
For people who believe that circumcision is an improvement, has possible health or hygiene benefits, no idea of the value of the foreskin or that any losses may be attributed to its absence you have a lot of discoveries in store through the information we provide on this site and in our smartphone application, i4SkinHealth.
We sincerely hope we present the information gently enough to keep cognitive dissonance to a minimum. If it is disconcerting we regret the dismay and denial many experience when confronted with the positive value of the foreskin and what they are missing if it is absent.
But as one eighteen year old stated, FarReach info ”is the best bad news I’ve had in my life. Although it’s a shock to learn I’ve lost a vital part of my sexuality I also learned what to do about it in the same breath; something cool, a sensational way to get my body the way it belongs”
The foreskin has many valuable properties for sexual health and happiness and most likely for general health too….read more….. and perhaps enjoy the following interview audio file archived from a December 6, 2011 Truther Girls episode, see YouTube video preview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqbQwCb8e-M Audio interview ‘Rethinking Circumcision with Maurene White’ http://www.americanfreedomradio.com/archive/Truther-Girls-32k-120611.mp3
Another radio interview archive by two students, one a nurse provided very insightful and in depth professional analysis of the difficulties inherent in circumcision: http://genitalautonomycanada.org/index.php/intactivism/discussing-male-infant-circumcision-and-human-rights/
FarReach is also on Facebook, please visit and ‘Like’ http://www.facebook.com/pages/FarReach/365951563480675
NB 20 years ago David Wilson http://www.stopinfantcircumcision.org began a yearly pilgrimage to the Washington Capitol right in the middle of National Cherry Blossom Festival which draws 1.2 million visitor to the city between mid-March and mid-April. It has become known as Genital Integrity Awareness Week
Please attend if at all possible!! This inspiring peace march, consciousness raising/public education event for vulnerable, voiceless infants and children is a unique, inspiring experience. Ashley Montague, the renowned anthropologist, said over 20 years ago when we were a mere fledgling community that in 50 years of conferencing he had never met such a group of committed, devoted human rights advocates. The 2013 gathering was a resounding success despite the cold weather.