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Sexual Abuse: Physical Signs in Children


Topic Overview

Signs of the sexual abuse of a child are not likely to be noticed without an examination of the genital area. These signs include:

Sexual abuse may not be detected with a physical exam, especially if enough time has lapsed to allow tissue to heal. Also, some types of sexual abuse, such as fondling or oral contact, usually do not leave any physical signs.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Last RevisedDecember 7, 2012

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