Chanel Ayan, RHODubai, Survives Genital Mutilation at 5

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The experience caused her long-lasting emotional scarrings, in addition to the physical pain she experienced throughout her teenage and adolescent years.

“I think the trauma is something that I will live with for the rest of my life,” Ayan said. “This is why I want to talk about it, because I honestly don’t want this to happen to anyone because I know exactly how it feels and it’s not good. A lot of girls get depressed, hormones are imbalanced, a lot of young girls die.”

Ayan says this is “the first time most of my friends and family will actually see that I’m talking about”The traumatic experience.

“We don’t share things like this, it’s kind of kept quiet in our families,” Ayan explained. “I just feel like after opening [up about] it, I was taking my power away from the people that did this to me that I trusted the most because I was five years old and I did not know what was happening to me. I didn’t even know what was going on. I just want to bring awareness to it as much as possible because it’s still happening 35 years later. Every 11 minutes it’s happening to some little girl that is as confused as me.”

Bravo’s actress is even starting her own line of makeup, Ayan beauty, to raise funds for this cause.

“As long as I use my platform to bring awareness to stop this—if I can save 20 girls, 100 girls, 500 girls, I feel like that’s the purpose I have,”The RHODubaiStar said. “It’s child abuse. And a lot of girls just die for no reason.”