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NCJ Number: 236995 Find in a Library
Title: Timing of the Medical Examination
Journal: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse  Volume:20  Issue:5  Dated:September-October 2011  Pages:505-520
Author(s): Cindy W. Christian
Date Published: October 2011
Page Count: 16
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the timing of forensic evidence collection in sexually abused children.
Abstract: The medical examination of the sexually abused child may have evidentiary, medical, and therapeutic purposes, and the timing of the examination requires consideration of each of these objectives. In cases of acute sexual assault, emergent examinations may be needed to identify injury, collect forensic evidence, and provide infection and pregnancy prophylaxis. Alternately, most sexually abused children are not identified immediately after assault, and the timing of the examination needs to balance physical and emotional issues with the availability of qualified examiners. In all cases, the best interests of the child should be paramount. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Evidence collection; Forensic medicine; Sexual assault trauma; Sexual assault victims; Sexually transmitted diseases
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