This chapter has presented a practical perspective on the medical approach to and evaluation of the sexually abused child. The physician has an important role in the validation of an allegation of sexual abuse. It is often the physician's opinion that gives credibility to a child's statements. Validation facilitates protection. An examination completed with sensitivity and empathy has considerable therapeutic value for the child. Anticipatory guidance concerning private parts offers valuable preventive information. Talking about private parts can serve as a natural transition to begin the genital examination. The genital examination should be a part of every health maintenance assessment. Examination of nonsexually abused children's genitals will also result in the physicians having: 1) improved expertise in doing an examination; 2) increased awareness of the spectrum of normal; and 3) better recognition of the sexually abused child.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Child Sexual Abuse|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Handbook For Health Care And Legal Professions|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||22|
|State||Published - Jan 9 2014|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes