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NCJ Number: 236997 Find in a Library
Title: Healing of Genital Injuries
Journal: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse  Volume:20  Issue:5  Dated:September-October 2011  Pages:537-547
Author(s): Carol D. Berkowitz
Date Published: October 2011
Page Count: 11
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined child sexual abuse as well as accidental trauma and acute injuries in the anogenital area.
Abstract: Child sexual abuse as well as accidental trauma may cause acute injuries in the anogenital area. Most data on residual findings following genital trauma come from longitudinal studies of children who have been sexually assaulted, undergone surgical procedures, or experienced accidental trauma. Like injuries in other part parts of the body, such injuries undergo a predictable pattern of healing. Most superficial injuries heal without any residual evidence. Deeper injuries, as well as those that become infected or experience repeated disruption, may produce permanent changes. While the presence of such changes supports allegations of prior anogenital trauma, their absence does not preclude the trauma from having occurred. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Injury investigations; Medical evaluation; Sexual assault trauma
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