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Pediatrics. 2013 Aug;132(2):e558-67. doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-1741. Epub 2013 Jul 29.

The evaluation of children in the primary care setting when sexual abuse is suspected.

Abstract

This clinical report updates a 2005 report from the American Academy of Pediatrics on the evaluation of sexual abuse in children. The medical assessment of suspected child sexual abuse should include obtaining a history, performing a physical examination, and obtaining appropriate laboratory tests. The role of the physician includes determining the need to report suspected sexual abuse; assessing the physical, emotional, and behavioral consequences of sexual abuse; providing information to parents about how to support their child; and coordinating with other professionals to provide comprehensive treatment and follow-up of children exposed to child sexual abuse.

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sexual abuse

PMID:
23897912
DOI:
10.1542/peds.2013-1741
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