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Medical findings and legal outcomes in sexually abused children.
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PMID:  20002274     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A previous study published in 2000 on a small group of children concluded that the medical examination in cases of sexual child abuse seldom provided legal proof of sexual abuse [J Forensic Sci 45(2000):115-7]. The present consecutive study included children referred to the police for a forensic medical examination. A colposcope was used to evaluate the anogenital findings which were classified as normal, nonspecific, and abnormal. Four hundred and eighty-two children were included. Abnormal anogenital findings were found in 38% of the girls and 20% of the boys, but there was no relation between abnormal anogenital findings and the two legal outcomes: "appearing in court" and "being convicted." However, the age of the child turned out to be a more important factor in relation to legal outcome than the physical findings. The results of this study suggest that the child's statement and not the physical findings were important for legal outcome.
Lene Aagaard Hansen; Søren Johan Mikkelsen; Svend Sabroe; Annie Vesterby Charles
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-12-02
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic sciences     Volume:  55     ISSN:  1556-4029     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Forensic Sci.     Publication Date:  2010 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-23     Completed Date:  2010-09-14     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375370     Medline TA:  J Forensic Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  104-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
The Department of Forensic Medicine, Aarhus University, Brendstrupgaardsvej 100, DK-8200 Aarhus N, Denmark.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Child Abuse, Sexual / diagnosis*,  legislation & jurisprudence*,  statistics & numerical data
Child, Preschool
Denmark / epidemiology
Forensic Medicine
Hymen / pathology
Infant, Newborn
Logistic Models
Physical Examination
Restraint, Physical / statistics & numerical data
Sex Factors
Verbal Behavior
Violence / statistics & numerical data

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