Genital Integrity Awareness Week 2018

Registration and Sponsorship also at:

Genital Integrity Awareness Week 2018 takes place March 28-April 3 and we need your help to make this year's Washington D.C. event a powerful one! As advocates travel to D.C. to participate, and floods of tourists the world over gather in D.C. for the height of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, we strive to have intact materials on hand to reach a large number of people at our nation's capitol. These are items that parents and professionals, young and old, from all backgrounds and locations in life will want to take home with them for further review. Making this happen takes a significant amount of planning, organization, and resources on the part of many people, and it also takes financial support.

If you have never been to GIAW in D.C., here's a quick snapshot of a day's event:

We are standing with a dozen others in front of the U.S. Capitol, with giant pro-intact signs that draw people in, and can be seen from the streets all around the Capitol's bus route. A group of 200 senior high students come up, interested in what we have to share. Teachers shuffle students along for group photos, and we have mere minutes to plant seeds of information, respond to quick questions, and get interesting materials into hands of these future parents -- materials they eagerly take with them because their curiosity is spiked! Students grab things to take back on the bus (bracelets, cards, stickers, buttons), and look things up on their phone on their way to their next destination... This happens every single hour. Multiple times a day. Sun-up to sun-down. The need is great for GIAW. The impact is monumental. And we need your support in this important effort.

We will also be hosting two booths with free materials on the West Lawn:

The Men's Health table includes a variety of restoration devices for men to hold, learn about, and explore their options; information on adult sexual health, and the impact that genital cutting and restoration has on adult men and their partners.

The Baby Health table includes instruments used in infant circumcision, information on the purposes of the foreskin, intact care materials, and resources for parents to pass on to friends and their home care provider. This table also has items for our young visitors because families who stop to talk often have children who want things of their own (child sized bracelets, stickers, bubbles, coloring pages, etc.).

Business Sponsors: Please include a note with your GIAW contribution and your organization name/URL that you'd like to have linked (website, Facebook page, etc.). With your support of $100 or more, we invite you to provide an image/logo or coupon to be shared with the community at large. Email this to, or we will create one for you. Your business or group will be featured at at the main GIAW website, at, and at, as well as with social media circles of Peaceful ParentingSaving Our Sons, The Intact NetworkGIAW, Intact State Chapters, and be permanently linked at Genital Integrity Awareness Week and found on Google.

GIAW Sponsors:  2018  |  2017  |  2016  |  2015  |  2014  |  2013

Individuals: If you are sponsoring in honor of someone, we invite you to include a message with your gift and it will be included below. Individual sponsors will be listed by first name, last initial only for privacy.

Supporters: All supporting GIAW 2018 with your gift of any amount will receive commemorative vinyl decals with additional intact awareness stickers to plant in your area, if a mailing address is provided. For GIAW sponsors giving $25 or more, a registration pack (below) will be shipped, or can be picked up in DC.

Support on Etsy, or by PayPal, or by mail (below). Include a note with your address and selection choices, or email this to

Registration and Thank You packs include: 
• 3 GIAW 2018 / Child Abuse Prevention Month vinyl decal stickers (3x3 inches)
• 1 GIAW 2018 commemorative button
• 1 #i2 lanyard of your choice (4 options to view here: Navy, Ocean, Violet, Hot Pink)
• 1 #i2 bracelet of your choice (view options)
• 25 set of stickers or cards of your choice (see sticker options here | see card options here)
* If attending GIAW and picking up in DC: #i2 water bottle 

On behalf of the next generation of babies to be born, and the adults they will become -
Thank you for supporting GIAW!

By Mail:
Saving Our Sons
P.O. Box 1302
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

PayPal Friends/Family To:
(no PayPal fee withdrawn)

GIAW 2018 Organization Sponsors
Please visit and support these intact-friendly businesses and groups!

Intact Australia
Homepage | Facebook | Intact Australia & New Zealand Group

Intact Connecticut
Facebook | Intact Connecticut Group

Intact Virginia
Facebook | Intact Virginia Group

NORM: National Organization of Restoring Men | Facebook | Twitter

Made For You: By Anu
custom crochet for all your home and family needs
Contact | Facebook | Etsy

Individual GIAW 2018 Supporters
Thank you greatly for your generosity and support!

✭ Tresyang D.

✭ Max R., Intact Australia

✭ Brian B., Intact Connecticut

✭ Christina H., Intact Virginia

✭ Rodney D.

✭ Anu M., Intact Pennsylvania

✭ Eric S. and Holly M., Intact Houston

✭ David G.

✭ Jamie B., Intact Alabama

✭ Austin H.

✭ Danelle D.

✭ Brian T.

✭ Melissa L.

✭ Elana J., Intact Nebraska

Allocation of GIAW 2018 Funds
(materials can only be ordered in the quantities we have funded by March 20 - please help us reach our needed goal!) 

$800 new signage that will continue to be used throughout the year for rallies, expos, events, and future GIAW dates. We especially need a few of these to be new signs for kids to hold as ours are several years old and we have approximately 24 children attending GIAW with their families for most of the week this year. Children love to participate alongside their parents. 

$800 printed materials to give away at GIAW 2018. This week-long event functions as an expo, with booths of items that are entirely free for the public, meeting with people across the West Lawn from sun-up to sun-down each day for 7 days. Having enough professional literature on hand is crucial to GIAW's success. 

$300 Easter egg hunt on the West Lawn for children - we would like to ensure all children visiting the US Capitol can participate and that there will be enough to go around; we will also have child-sized advocacy bracelets, and a variety of #i2 themed stickers for children (Pokemon, Wonder Woman, and Intactosaurus). 

$200 flags for passing out along the march route, and giving away at the White House. Each flag will have intact information attached to it. These are *very* popular in DC and frequently chaperone groups who will not allow students to take other materials from GIAW leaders will allow them to accept and take home flags (getting intact material into their hands). 

$600 bracelets and buttons to give away throughout the week. These items are key in that they are the most requested items, especially by students - tomorrow's parents. We need materials that young people desire to hold onto, take home with them, and spark interest enough to check out the websites/share with friends. Awareness is key!

$60 two new full-color, full-page books of intact celebrities - one for the men's health booth, and one for the front West Wall of the Capitol where the most conversations take place.

$40 replacement plastibell, gomco, and mogen clamps for educational use (previously taken from an expo booth) 

$200 demonstration glans/foreskin models (in two skin shades) to highlight the normal adhesion of the foreskin to the glans/shaft in infancy, and the probing, severing, and cutting that must take place for infant circumcision to be achieved. These models are highly useful in one-on-one or small group education at expo booths.

If GIAW funds are raised beyond those needed, we will have intact material packs available to go home with people (U.S. advocates, leaders, teachers, and the international educators who visit the Capitol during GIAW and often ask for things to take back with them).  

Lanyard Options to Select From:
• Royal Blue: Genital Autonomy is a Human Right
• Violet: All Babies are Born Perfect
• Hot Pink: Foreskin is Fun & Functional
• Deep Aqua Blue: Boys are Not Born Broken

GIAW 2018 Buttons


Should I Circumcise? The Pros and Cons of Infant Circumcision

New to the subject of infant circumcision and the benefits of the prepuce (foreskin)? The following are resources many families have found useful when looking at the subject for the first time. They are meant to be a starting point into deeper investigation and further research that is widely available today. If you only have a short period of time to spend on this topic, a blue star marks films with physicians' statements who are in practice today, as well as medical professionals' materials.

★ Functions of the Foreskin:

★ Intact vs. Circumcised: A Significant Difference in the Adult Penis: 

★ Foreskin and its 16+ Functions (not 'just skin'):

Why did circumcision start as we now know it in the U.S.? Hear from some original doctors on the matter:

Faith Considerations on Circumcision (resources by/for Jews, Christians, and Muslims):

Peer reviewed research (studies published in medical journals):

★ Are there medical benefits to circumcision? Read national medical statements from around the world:

Physicians' thoughts within the medical field today:

Well researched books written on the subject:

Dr. Ryan McAllister's Georgetown University video lecture, Elephant in the Hospital (also included on DVD in the info pack below):

Dr. Christopher Guest's video, Circumcision: The Whole Story:

Whose Body, Whose Rights? Award-winning circumcision documentary:

The Real Reason You're Circumcised from College Humor:

Penn & Teller: Bullsh*t Circumcision Episode:

★ Intact Care:
Circumcision Care:

The two most common forms of circumcision in North American today: 


Plastibell: [Note that the Plastibell is the type of circumcision most often referred to as a 'no-cutting' or 'no-blood' method.]

Outcome Statistics (Circumcised vs. Intact):

Facebook conversations by men:

Over 250,000 men are restoring some of what was lost to circumcision. It improves sex in a wide variety of ways. Google 'foreskin restoration' and check out any of these resources:

8 articles published at Psychology Today:

For those with older sons who were circumcised: 
Public Page: 
Discussion Group:
Related items from others with circumcised sons: 

What does this have to do with WOMEN?
Book by same title:

How Male Circumcision Impacts Your Love Life:

Women's Health and Male Circumcision Resource List:

HIV/AIDS and the African Trials: and the HIV resource page:

50 Reasons to Leave it Alone: 

If you'd like to join a community of parents (many with both circumcised and intact sons) to ask questions while making your decision, you are welcome to the Intact: Healthy, Happy, Whole group. Everyone is welcome to this safe-space community group.

The Info Pack (includes a DVD with several videos and full length articles); the smaller Expecting Pack; Postcards for friends; or have a professional exchange online correspondence:

Informational items (cards, stickers, bracelets, etc.): or at Etsy:

Please feel free to email at any time. Several clinicians volunteer time to field questions, and if we're not able to answer, we'll seek out a place to go for further information.

If you find these resources to be of use, please help support Saving Our Sons and work we do. We continue solely by volunteers' time and generosity. See current needs at: or give directly:

The Penis: Sex Education 101 with Marilyn Milos


Iceland to Ban Infant Circumcision, Introduces 6-year Jail Term for Offenders

As reported by the Truth Command

While many Americans may be circumcised, largely as a result of the prevalent Judeo-Christian tradition in the country, that isn’t the case everywhere else. And if a new law passes in Iceland, circumcisions in the country will become not just rare, but illegal.

A new proposed legislative amendment would ban the practice of childhood circumcision, making circumcision of a child illegal, and punishable by up to six years of prison time. The bill, which is supported by members from at least five different political parties (including, among others, the Pirate Party, the Left Green, and the Progressive Party), calls for amendments to the current criminal code in the country.

In fact, the proposed legislation clearly states “[Anyone found] removing sexual organs [from any child or woman], in whole or in part, shall be jailed for six years.” And unlike many health and public safety laws in the United States, there isn’t an exemption on religious grounds, as the draft makes clear. As the draft notes “While it is certainly the rights of the parents to give their children guidance when it comes to religion, such a right can never exceed the rights of the child.”

This is part of a growing trend in Europe, as Danish doctors have recently also spoken out against childhood circumcision. As the bill notes, “Circumcision involves permanent interventions into a child’s body that can cause severe pain, also such an operation involves a risk of infections and other problems.” As a result, the bill states that while the child may eventually decide they want to be circumcised, they cannot do so until the age of consent, “to understand what is involved in such action.” In Iceland, the age of consent is 15.

While the rate of circumcision in Iceland is currently rather low, it is not unheard of, and there is still some debate surrounding the issue—and not just in Iceland. In addition to Danish doctors who have previously spoken out against circumcision, there is also a movement underway in Norway, as the Progress Party (FrP)—the country’s third-largest party, and more commonly known for their anti-immigration policies—chose to support a bill outlawing childhood circumcision before age 16.

While it remains to be seen if the bill in Iceland can pass, there’s certainly some momentum behind it.

Photo credit: Exploring Iceland

Related Reading:

Should I Circumcise? The Pros and Cons of Infant Circumcision

Functions of the Foreskin, Purposes of the Prepuce:

Intact vs. Circumcised: A Significant Difference in the Adult Penis

Foreskin and its 16+ Functions (not 'just skin')

Foreskin Facts Postcards (oversized) available at Etsy

Born Perfect Cloth Diaper

We've teamed up with Stink Bombs Cloth Diapers to create the perfect fluff for your little one! The Saving Our Sons Born Perfect cloth diaper is up for pre-sale at a discounted rate of $12.99 February 15 - March 1.

Each colorful, fully adjustable with snaps, pocket diaper comes with one microfiber insert. Shipping is $3 per order (for as many diapers as you'd like). SOS Born Perfect diapers will ship at the conclusion of Genital Integrity Awareness Week (approximately 4 weeks post-presale).

Be sure to include your mailing address when checking out via PayPal, or email this information to

If you prefer that PayPal not take 4%, you can send your pre-order as a "Friend or Family" donation to on or mail by check or money order to the address below. Include a note or email us with your mailing address.

Add $12.99 per diaper + $3 shipping per order going to the same address when figuring your check-out total. If you are donating beyond the cost of your diaper(s), please include a note. We'd love to hear from you, and will respond via email.

Saving Our Sons
P.O. Box 1302
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

After pre-sales have concluded, SOS Born Perfect diapers retail at $14.99 and will be available through Etsy at Stink Bombs Cloth Diapers or Saving Our Sons, where Stink Bombs will donate a portion of each sale back to the baby-saving work of Saving Our Sons.

We look forward to seeing your little cutie in their new BORN PERFECT fluff!

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Cloth diapering families are welcome to join the intact-friendly Cloth Diapering Group on Facebook.

Baby Center Intact Discrepancy

In looking at the various definitions and descriptions of circumcision, the foreskin, and risks of forced infant genital cutting, a bold discrepancy exists between BabyCenter in the U.S. and BabyCentre in the U.K.

When examining the functions of the foreskin, and the reason this body organ exists on all mammals born on earth, one may be wise to look at information coming out of intact nations, vs. those that have deep roots in myth-based cultural practices of amputating organs without medical necessity.

Foreskin Facts chart for sharing - available in large placards at Etsy.
You are welcome to download/print as well. 

Every mammal in the animal kingdom is born with foreskin.

From Peaceful Birth to Circumcision Trauma

By Rosemary Romberg,
author of Circumcision: The Painful Dilemma

In his book, Birth Without Violence, Frédérick Leboyer M.D., highlighted for a 1970s nation just how calm and at peace babies can be when they are handled gently at birth and beyond. 

After the beautiful, peaceful home birth of my 3rd son in 1977:

In the days that follow, my baby sleeps and nurses peacefully and never leaves my side. I had always thought that newborn babies were squalling little bundles of appetite and nerves that did not become cute or enjoyable until they were about two to three months old. But this little baby evokes an ethereal tranquility that I have never seen before. He drifts between sleep and wakefulness and makes little smiles just like the pictures in Dr. Leboyer’s book -- totally happy and trusting of this world.

After his circumcision one week later:

My baby’s screams fill the entire building!

The nurse leads us back into the room.

My baby is lying on the table. A diaper is half around him. The end of his penis is bright red!

There is blood on the diaper!

He is crying pitifully -- a high-pitched wail that I have never heard out of him before.

I pick him up, and embrace his tiny body close to mine. “Oh, no! Don’t hold him like that!” the doctor warns me. I shouldn’t put pressure on his wound. So I cradle him in my arms as the doctor leads us into another room. As soon as we sit down I start to nurse him.

Weeks later, my baby was to start cooing and smiling, like all normal, healthy babies. But I was never to see those beautiful, mystic, Leboyer newborn-baby smiles again. He was past his pain, but my own heart was to ache about this for a long time.

Again and again I was to ask myself, “Why?” Why did I have the courage and resolve to go outside the medical system and have a homebirth, but was unable to question this?

Why was it so important to me to have his birth be totally peaceful in so many ways, with dim lights, soft voices, and no silver nitrate, and then turn around and do this?

Why, when I had been a childbirth educator for several years, when I have gone out of my way to educate and inform myself about so many things concerning birth and babies, when I am probably more knowledgeable about most of these matters than 99% of all parents, did I still know virtually nothing about circumcision...?

Research the functions of foreskin - the reason all babies on earth are born with this organ - and the realities of circumcision.

• Functions of the Foreskin:

• Intact vs. Circumcised: A Significant Difference in the Adult Penis:

• Foreskin and its 16+ Functions (not 'just skin'):

Hear from more parents who share their circumcision regret and the aftermath of its impact on their babies:

College of Nurse-Midwives Annual Meeting Intact Exposition Booth

Please support and join us at the American College of Nurse-Midwives Annual Meeting and Exhibition as we host a public intact education booth outside the Savannah Convention Center!

This is the largest event of its kind for nurse-midwives, who work hand-in-hand with expecting mothers across the nation, and play a pivotal role in influencing parents deciding whether or not to keep their babies intact.

In addition, on May 20th, between 1-5pm, the workshop titled, "Elective Newborn Circumcision: Skills for Nurse Midwives" will be presented to teach nurse-midwives how to become involved in infant genital cutting using Gomco and Mogen clamps. Organizer, Michelle Drew, writes, "The purpose of this session is to provide didactic education and hands on simulation on the risks benefits and alternatives to male circumcision; how to provide informed consent and practice on performing the procedure for newborn male circumcision using both the Gomco and Mogen clamps." View workshop:

We were offered the option to host a booth inside the convention center during this event ($2600/week), however, as with health expositions in the past, we know from experience that the ability exists to reach *far more* people outside the venue, on public grounds, than inside, and for half the cost. By establishing a professional intact booth outside, we are able to speak with all nurse-midwives coming and going from the convention, as well as organizers and attendees for other exhibitions taking place this week, speak with news media, and have the added power-packed benefit of reaching the masses of commuters walking and driving by the convention center each day.

Our booth will be manned by at least one nurse, one doctor or midwife, and several educators each day. We will have materials that closely fit the field of nurse-midwifery, the theme of the conference, and those that local birth centers have chosen to use as their hand-outs for parents over the past 5 years. We would also like to raise the funds needed ($375/person) to have at least one SOS representative inside the May 20th presentation on elective circumcision training.

In addition, we will have the SOS Odyssey traveling billboards across the street for added exposure to the message, in a fashion that is positive, pro-intact, and proactive.

If you have a heart for professional education, please join us any or all days in Savannah, and support generously as you are able. All clinical booth hosts will be traveling by plane from out-of-state to attend this event, and are in need of a local accommodations as well. We expect to give materials out to approximately 300/day given our experience at past (similar) venues of this size, and would like all our items to be top-notch and professionally produced.

To support this event:

At YouCaring:

Or by mail to:

Saving Our Sons
PO Box 1302
Virginia Beach, VA 23451


College of Nurse-Midwives Intact Exposition Booth Supporters

★ Dolores S.

★ Danelle D.

★ Brian B.

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