Sexual Abuse

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Most sexually-abused children are brought to medical attention after disclosing the abuse to another person, although some present after caregivers notice physical symptoms or concerning sexual behaviors. In addition to obtaining a careful history and physical exam (including anogenital exam appropriate to the age of a child), forensic evidence collection and testing for sexually-transmitted infections may be necessary. Management includes reporting and/or cooperating with child protection and law enforcement investigators, and prompt referral to a mental health professional.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPractical Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
PublisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9780470673874
StatePublished - Apr 25 2013


  • Children's Advocacy Centers
  • Forensic evidence collection
  • Nucleic acid amplification tests
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual behaviors in children
  • Sexually-transmitted infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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