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Sexual assault

The child as a victim of sexual abuse

Patricia Brennan

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Abstract

Many child victims of sexual abuse will pass through the hands of a local doctor more than once.

Article Extract

A significant number of children are being sexually abused, often by those least suspected of being offenders – that is, family members or friends. Many of these children will pass through the hands of a local doctor more than once, well before they disclose their abuse or show clinical manifestations, which may be symptoms of genital injury or nonspecific behavioural changes.

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