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Forensic issues in the assessment of sexually assaulted adolescents.
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PMID:  20046288     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
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This article provides a general overview of the principles of conducting a forensic evaluation of adolescents who have been exposed to sexual abuse. This problem is common and is associated with a large burden of suffering. There is a strong likelihood that most paediatricians will be called on to perform such evaluations at some point in time. This overview includes a description of the forensic examination, focuses on such issues as consent and contact with child protection services, and provides specific guidelines about interviewing the adolescent. Familiarity with how to conduct a forensic evaluation will hopefully improve the availability of this service for adolescents. Contact with the legal profession can be stressful. At the same time, paediatricians are in a unique position to advocate on behalf of their adolescent patients.
Authors:
Anne Niec
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Paediatrics & child health     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1918-1485     ISO Abbreviation:  Paediatr Child Health     Publication Date:  2002 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-01-04     Completed Date:  2011-07-14     Revised Date:  2013-05-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9815960     Medline TA:  Paediatr Child Health     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  153-9     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation, McMaster Site, Hamilton, Ontario.
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