More than 750 cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) were reported across London in the space of three months, it has been revealed.
Between July and September, healthcare professionals discovered 758 newly reported incidents of the offence in the capital, new figures from the Health & Social Care Information Centre show.
The shocking statistic emerged as a new website was launched by teenagers to educate other young people about the abuse and what steps they can take to prevent it.
Everybody's Business, which is run by young people for young people, features videos and interactive guides about the cruel practice, which can have serious consequences for women and girls subjected to it.
The website was set up by Rosa, a charitable fund for women and girls.
It is one of 17 projects across the UK funded by a government grant set up to end FGM and so-called 'honour-based' violence by creating a network of community champions.
Communities Minister Baroness Williams said: "Women and girls, wherever they are from and whatever their background, have the right to live their life free from violence.
"Government has been clear, religious leaders have been clear – Female Genital Mutilation has no place in our society and we will not tolerate it.
"These community champions have been on the ground educating people about how they can put an end to this horrific practice.
"I hope that young people across the country will take the time to visit the Everybody’s Business website and find out what they too can do to help."
"It is so important that young people are involved in making the changes"
Everybody's Business recently launched two competitions for young people.
One of the winners, Najmo Mahdi, who is a young activist with Integrate Bristol, said: "Ending FGM and achieving real gender equality is something that I’m passionate about.
"It is so important that young people are involved in making the changes - not only are they the parents of the next generation, they are also the ones who will be living in the world that current policy makers are shaping."
In October, the Government introduced mandatory reporting of FGM, making it an offence for teachers and healthcare and social care professionals not to pass on information.
Rosa's executive director Samantha Rennie said: "With an estimated 20,000 girls still at risk of FGM in the UK, it remains a severe threat to their rights and safety. Rosa is delighted to have been able to engage young people through this website in the fight to end it."
Hounslow Council was last month recognised for its fight to end violence, including FGM, against women and girls.
In August, a woman who helped put her killer mother-in-law behind bars launched a series of coffee mornings to help those affected by so-called 'honour-based' violence.
* To check out the Everybody's Business website, click here .