Mothers burn teens’ breasts with hot rods to protect them from sexual harassmentBy Mason White 2:18 PM October 14, 2015
By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) Women in Africa, are attempting to bring awareness and stop teenagers from ironing their breasts to keep it flat.
According to a U.N. report, breast ironing now affects 3.8 million women around the world. The practice of flattening a young girl’s chest began as a way to protect them from rape and sexual harassment.
Women are now speaking out against breast ironing by saying that “women are made in the form of God.”
The process to flatten the breasts is done by using a large stones, a hammer or spatula that has been heated over hot coals to compress or mutilate the breast tissue and make the adolescent look less womanly.
This is usually done by the girl’s mother. One girl spoke out against the practice and said that her mother used a hot stone to burn her breasts.
She said that the wounds healed, but the scars are a constant reminder of the pain she endured.
27-year-old Jeanne Bella said that she was subjected to breast ironing when she was just 10 years old in hopes that her breasts would disappear.