Understanding Sexual Abuse Examinations in Investigation and Prosecution Efforts

Understanding Sexual Abuse Examinations in Investigation and Prosecution Efforts
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2020-12-01
Unit 1 Slide Deck: Understanding Sexual Abuse Examinations
Unit 2 Recording: Understanding Sexual Abuse Examinations

Protective parents, investigators, & prosecutors, are sometimes confused by the fact that there are two (& sometimes three) different types of child sexual abuse examinations that may pertain to the same case for different reasons.  Even more confusing is the fact that different findings & outcomes are commonly associated with the various types & timing of sexual examinations.  During this presentation the presenters will:

  • Differentiate & discuss emergent, delayed, & confirmatory sexual abuse examinations.
  • Discuss the different types of medical findings most often associated with each type of examination.
  • Discuss why a sexual abuse examination of any type might be normal despite clear & firm victim’s disclosures of abuse.
  • Discuss the therapeutic effects of “normal” sexual abuse examinations.
  • Differentiate medical history taking interviews of victims from forensic interviews.
  • Discuss the need for on- going victim support after the examination.


This is part of a 3-part series:
Resources and Handouts


Audience Comments

  • “Since I am new to my unit, it was nice to hear an overall approach to the topic.” –Adam
  • “Very helpful information – now have clarity on acute and nonacute exams. And better understand difference between forensic and medical exams (especially the fine line of a medical exam sliding into the forensic exam realm). Great concrete examples of practice as well. Thank you all.” — Amber
  • “Speakers presented with knowledge and comfort. The Q&A session did not appear rushed. Thank you!” — Tony
  • “I am an advocate and I was under the assumption that forensic nurses are mainly forensic evidence collectors. I had also never heard the term “nursing diagnosis”. — DeAnna
  • “As someone that isn’t from the medical community, I found all of it helpful.” — Evelyn
  • “The presenters’ ability to share the wealth of knowledge that they have with such ease. This is my first time attending a course through JCH and I look forward to reviewing the topics that you have at hand already and possibly share with my fellow officers. Thank you.” — Jose
  • “Most of this information was valuable, simply to hear it from the perspective of the examiner. I learned quite a bit.” — Joshua



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