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:
- Sept 24: Medical Aspects of Child Neglect
- Oct 20: The Prosecution of Child Neglect Cases
- Dec 1: Understanding Sexual Abuse Examinations in Investigation and Prosecution Efforts (this webinar)
Resources and Handouts
- Academic References Made During the Webinar
- A National Protocol for Sexual Abuse Medical Forensic Examinations (Pediatric) 2016
- Evaluation and Management of the Sexually Assaulted or Sexually Abused Patient (American College of Emergency Physicians)
- A National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations (Adults/Adolescents)
- Management of the Patient with the Complaint of Sexual Assault
- Previous Webinar: The Investigation and Prosecution of Strangulation Cases
- Previous Webinar: Traumatic Brain Injury: It’s Not Just About Football
- Previous Webinar: Investigating and Prosecuting Sex Trafficking Cases in Tribal Communities
- Visit our Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Feature page for more webinars in this topic.
- “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