Genital Integrity Awareness Week 2019




Registration and Sponsorship also at:

Genital Integrity Awareness Week 2019 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, flags, hats, 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 SavingSons@gmail.com, or we will create one for you. Your business or group will be featured at at the main GIAW website, at DrMomma.org, and at SavingSons.org, 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:  2019  |  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 2019 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 SavingSons@gmail.com

Registration and Thank You packs include:

• 5 GIAW 2019 / Child Abuse Prevention Month vinyl decal stickers (3x3 inches)
• 1 GIAW 2019 commemorative button
• 5 American Circumcision and 5 Elephant in the Hospital waterproof, vinyl stickers for seed-planting in your area
• 1 intact bracelet of your choice (view options)
• 1 intact pen of your choice (view options)
• Set of 25 vinyl stickers or professionally made cards of your choice (see sticker options here | see card options here
* If attending GIAW and picking up in DC: intact water bottle - or add $5 more to your donation to cover extra shipping and include a note that you'd like the 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)
SavingSons@gmail.com


GIAW 2019 Organization Sponsors
Please visit and support these intact-friendly businesses and groups!

NORM: National Organization of Restoring Men
NORM.org | Facebook | Twitter

Moon Bunny Arts
hand crafted custom designs for birth, babies, and beyond
Etsy | Facebook

Intact Virginia
Public Chapter | Group for Virginia Residents

Intact New Hampshire
Public Chapter | Group for New Hampshire Residents

Daniel A. of the Intact Muslim Network
Public Chapter | Related Materials


Peaceful Parenting Tennessee
If you're in the state of Tennessee, join us!


Individual GIAW 2019 Supporters
Thank you greatly for your generosity and support!

★ Kirk C.
A very special thank you to Kirk for sponsoring 50% of all GIAW 2019 expenses!

★ Michael M., Intact Pride

★ Daniel A., Intact Muslim Network

★ Christina H., Intact Virginia

★ Michelle P.

★ Robert B.

★ Deborah S.

★ Joe P.

★ Frederick F.

★ Elana J., Intact Jewish Network

★ Karen H.

★ Wendy B.

★ Sean B.

★ Marc D. 

★ Elizabeth M. 

★ Danelle D.
"In honor of my healthy, happy, whole children,
and the future men we will save who will be 'born perfect' as babies this year!"

★ David Wilson, GIAW Founder

★ Ryan L.

Brittany W.
"#SaveAllTheBabies!! 🐙👶🏼🐙👶🏼🐙"

★ Justin L.

★ Russell S.
"I hope to one day see a world where we no longer suffer under genital mutilation. I can't afford much, as I am fighting my own battles, but I hope this helps bring us closer to a pain free future. Free from depression, resentment, suicidal thoughts, and shame. Keep fighting the good fight, for those of us who can't."

★ Nancy J.

★ Jennifer R.

★ Julie V.

Happily Nursing!

★ Amanda A.

★ Jill K.

★ Heidi B.

★ Dolores S.

★ Luke O.

★ Lindsey J.

★ Jenifer M.
"Thank you all for working so hard for this important cause!"

★ Brittany C.

★ David B.

★ Lauren W.

★ Faith R.

* Sponsors of the Silent Survivors Stand *
(circumstraints we're adding this year)

★ Roger D.
A big thank you to Roger for donating the funds needed to add 2 additional (used) circumstraints to the Silent Survivors Stand (to be used at expos across the nation throughout the rest of the year as well)!

★ Robert J.
A very special Thank You to Robert for donating funds needed for one full (used) circumstraint!

★ Kirk C.
Sincere Thank You to Kirk for donating funds needed for one full (used) circumstraint!

★ Christina H.

★ Michelle P.

★ Adrienne C.

★ Charles W.

★ Noelle L., Intact Tennessee / Intact Tennessee group for those in-state

 ★ Gini M., Intact Nebraska / Intact Nebraska group for those in-state

★ Amber C., Intact Houston / Intact Texas group for those in-state

★ Gingi Freeman Photography in Visalia, CA: GingiFreemanPhotography.com

★ Graham R.

 ★ Eli S.

* Sponsors of Intact-Info Flags *

THURSDAY (GIAW Kick-off:
🇺🇸 Amber A. - Thursday AM Flags
 ðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¸ Rebecca W. - portion of Thursday PM Flags
🇺🇸 Andrea A. - portion of Thursday PM Flags

 FRIDAY:
🇺🇸 Tara D. - Friday AM Flags
🇺🇸 Angela B. - Friday PM Flags

 SATURDAY (Capitol & White House):
🇺🇸 Joe P. - all Saturday's Flags

 GIAW MARCH U.S. Capitol -- White House:
🇺🇸 Elizabeth L. - all Flags for Marching

 SUNDAY (and the GA Clothesline event):
🇺🇸 Rebecca W. - all Sunday's Flags

 MONDAY (and the Silent Survivors Stand):
🇺🇸 Janet M. - all Monday's Flags

 TUESDAY (and 'Kids Day'):
🇺🇸 Kirk C. - all Tuesday's Flags

 WEDNESDAY (GIAW 2019 Final Day):
🇺🇸 Kirk C. - All Wednesday's Flags

 FLAG STICKER SPONSORS
(3,000 vinyl waterproof stickers, 2 per flag) 
🇺🇸 Christina H. - portion of Flag Vinyl Stickers
🇺🇸 Ryan L. - portion of Flag Vinyl Stickers
🇺🇸  Chad R. - remaining need for Flag Vinyl Stickers
"In support of friend, Shane Brewster."



* KIDS' SIGNS! * 
Unless we reach full funding, we cannot purchase new kids signs this year. If your children borrow a sign at GIAW for the march, PLEASE return it to David's wagon so that they can be used through the rest of the GIAW week, and at rallies in the future. If you'd like to keep the sign you carry, replacements are $20 that can be given to David Wilson, Danelle Day, Karen Glennon, Christina Heydecke, Nick Baade, or Brian Brown. Thank you!


Allocation of GIAW 2019 Funds
(please help us reach our needed goal to stock GIAW 2019!) 

$600 new giant banners for self-standing on each side of the Capitol West Wall, and signage that will continue to be used throughout the year for rallies, expos, events, and future GIAW dates. We especially need 2 new giant vinyl banners with positive, pro-intact messages; we need to replace PVC frames for most of the banners at GIAW this year (approximately $20 per banner to build), and we need a few new signs appropriate for children. Kids love to participate alongside their parents and need fun, age-fitting signs. 

$700 professionally printed materials to give away at GIAW 2019. 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 well respected, quality literature on hand is crucial to GIAW's success. 

$400 flags for passing out each day during GIAW, as well as along the march route, and giving away at the White House. Each flag will have intact information attached to it on both sides. Flags are *very* popular in DC, at the Capitol, and White House, 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, a hat, or bracelet (getting intact material into their hands). It is important to have enough flags (with stickers attached to each one) for every day during GIAW.

$650 bracelets, buttons, water bottles, and baseball caps 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! 

$50 two 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.

$500 to add additional (used/not supporting the manufacture) circumstraints to the silent men's demonstration at the Capitol West Wall (see photo example below)

$100 demonstration glans/foreskin models (in multiple 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 international educators who visit the Capitol during GIAW often ask for packets they can take back home with them to share).  





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 2019 Buttons





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Infant Dies from Heart Failure Following Circumcision


Infant dies after parents circumcise him at home in Italy. [Note: cardiac arrest happens in hospital circumcision situations as well. Over 100 boys die each year in the United States during or after hospital circumcision. It is often coded as something other than death due to unnecessary genital surgery. Related Death from Circumcision: http://www.DrMomma.org/2010/05/death-from-circumcision.html]

Associated Press.
Quote:

A 5-month-old child died at the hospital in Bologna, Italy after suffering cardiac arrest following a home circumcision.

An infant boy in Italy has died as the result of a circumcision performed by his parents at home, according to Italian media reports on Sunday.

The ANSA news agency reported that the 5-month-old baby was brought to a hospital in Bologna by helicopter in cardiac arrest on Friday afternoon and died that night.

The prosecutor's office in the northern province of Reggio Emilia has opened a manslaughter investigation, and the infant will undergo an autopsy.

The tragedy follows a botched home circumcision of a 2-year-old who died of severe blood loss in December in Rome. In that case, his twin brother nearly died, too, but survived following intensive care treatment.

Circumcision is not practiced among Italy's Roman Catholic majority.

Many immigrants in Italy are Muslim and practice circumcision for cultural and religious reasons, but sometimes have trouble accessing the practice in hospitals. [See also: Intact Muslim Network​]

For some, the hospital costs are too high. Also, in some Italian hospitals, doctors refuse to perform circumcisions until the boys have reached the age of 4 or even older.

Foad Aodi, the founder of the association of foreign doctors in Italy (AMSI), has appealed to health authorities to allow circumcisions at affordable prices and to lower the age of access to help fight clandestine attempts at circumcisions. [See also: Functions of Foreskin - benefits of keeping children intact: http://www.DrMomma.org/2009/09/functions-of-foreskin-purposes-of.html]

#i2 #CuttingCulture #CircumcisionDeath #MedPro CircumcisionRisks.org/research


NEWS LINKS:

Courier News AUS: https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/baby-boy-dies-after-parents-allegedly-perform-circumcision-at-home/news-story/08d2132657bb008ecc03794e72cdb9c6?

First Coast News: https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/nation-world/italy-infant-dies-after-parents-circumcise-him-at-home/507-df2ee531-950c-45a8-9ed4-77800af98f93?

BBC: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47687131

Telegraph UK: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/24/five-month-old-baby-dies-italy-botched-home-circumcision/

Fox Houston: http://www.fox26houston.com/news/international-news/italy-fatal-circumcision

Stanford University Medicine: Complications of Circumcision



Intact Info Flags Needed for GIAW, Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival


1500 hand-held U.S. flags are needed to pass out during Genital Integrity Awareness Week in Washington D.C. this year. Each flag has 2 patriotic-themed intact information sticker stapled to it (one per side) for awareness raising during this week. This year we will have "Defend HIS Freedom" on one side and "watch American Circumcision on Netflix" on the other side of each individual flag.

Flags are *very* popular in Washington D.C. during the Cherry Blossom Festival, National Kite Festival, at the U.S. Capitol lawn, and at the White House where we march to on Saturday. We could pass out far more than 200 flags per day, but this is our goal to raise funding for, along with an extra 100 for the GIAW March (1500 total).

Frequently, chaperoned groups who will not allow students to take other intact materials from GIAW leaders will allow them to accept and take home flags (getting intact info into their hands)! It is very important to have enough of these U.S. flags (with stickers attached to each one) for every day during GIAW, and for use during the march.

At Amazon flags are approximately $28 per set of 100. If you are able to sponsor one full day ($56), or one 1/2 day ($28) worth of flags, we THANK YOU for your involvement and support of these pivotal GIAW items! To chip in here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=CA3SNG55J4MDU&source=url

Or via mail to:

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

Sponsors will be listed here and at the permanent GIAW site by first name, last initial only for privacy, or with a business name and link if you'd like to include this.

GIAW FLAG SPONSORS

THURSDAY (GIAW Kick-off, 200 flags):
 ðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¸ Amber A. - Thursday AM Flags

🇺🇸 Rebecca W. - portion of Thursday PM Flags
🇺🇸 Andrea A. - portion of Thursday PM Flags

FRIDAY (200 flags):
🇺🇸 Tara D. - Friday AM Flags
🇺🇸 Angela B. - Friday PM Flags

SATURDAY (Capitol & White House, 200 flags):
🇺🇸 Joe P. - all Saturday's Flags

GIAW MARCH U.S. Capitol -- White House (+100 flags):
🇺🇸 Elizabeth L. - all Flags for Marching

SUNDAY (and the GA Clothesline event, 200 flags):
🇺🇸 Rebecca W. - all Sunday's Flags

MONDAY (and the Silent Survivors Stand, 200 flags):
🇺🇸 Janet M. - all Monday's Flags

TUESDAY (and 'Kids Day' - 200 flags):
🇺🇸 Kirk C. - all Tuesday's Flags

WEDNESDAY (GIAW 2019 Final Day - 200 flags):
🇺🇸 Kirk C. - All Wednesday's Flags

FLAG STICKER SPONSORS
(3,000 vinyl waterproof stickers for all flags needed - $65 per style, $130 total)
🇺🇸 Christina H. - portion of vinyl Flag Stickers
🇺🇸 Ryan L. - portion of vinyl Flag Stickers 
🇺🇸 Chad R. - remaining need for Flag vinyl stickers
given in support of friend, Shane Brewster


THANK YOU!!

Virtually ALL passerbys request a flag or two to take home with them -- until we run out of supplies.

GIAW Intact Info Flags

Kids love to hand out flags during GIAW too!

GIAW Leaders handing out flags at White House

Intact Info Flags for tourists headed to the U.S. Capitol

Watch American Circumcision on Netflix stickers

Defend HIS Freedom stickers
Men at GIAW march to the White House: Shane, Brian, Glen, Andrew

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