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Sexual Abuse Of A Child

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

What is sexual abuse of a child?

Sexual abuse of a child can be inappropriate touching or kissing. It can also be sexual assault or intercourse. It can even be the threat of sexual contact. The child may be abused by an adult or another child.

What should I do if I think my child has been sexually abused?

If you think your child has been sexually abused, do not ask your child questions over and over again. Your child may be too embarrassed to talk to you about what happened. If your child talks to you about the abuse, listen and make no judgements. Take him or her to the healthcare provider's office or emergency department.

What can I expect when I take my child to the healthcare provider's office or emergency department?

Healthcare providers will explain how they will help your child. Your consent will be needed. Healthcare providers will want to talk with your child without you in the room. This is so healthcare providers can gain your child's trust. An exam and tests may also be done. Your child's healthcare provider may suggest your child see a mental health specialist. It is the duty of healthcare providers to report any known or suspected sexual abuse to police.

Call 911 for any of the following:

  • Your child feels like harming himself or herself, or someone else.

When should I seek immediate care?

  • Your child feels that he or she cannot cope with the abuse, or recover from it.

When should I contact my child's healthcare provider?

  • Your child is sad or depressed most of the time, or frightened of other people.
  • Your child has new signs and symptoms since the last visit.
  • You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's caregivers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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