Presenting Medical Evidence in Child Sexual Abuse Cases: Why it’s normal to be normal and why that still matters

Presenting Medical Evidence in Child Sexual Abuse Cases: Why it's normal to be normal and why that still matters
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded on: 2019-09-10
Unit 1 Slide Deck: Presenting Medical Evidence in Child Sexual Abuse Cases
Unit 2 Recording: Presenting Medical Evidence in Child Sexual Abuse Cases

Ninety-five percent of all delayed ano-genital examinations in cases of suspected child sexual abuse are normal.  While usually normal, delayed sexual abuse examinations are noninvasive & are critical to the mental & physical well- being of the child. Given that most jurors expect victims of sexual abuse to have evidence of previous trauma, prosecuting suspected sexual abuse cases can be a very difficult undertaking.  This presentation is designed to give prosecutors & investigators a basic command of the latest medical literature regarding delayed child sexual abuse examination findings, as well as how to present that information through their medical expert.

 

Audience Comments:

  • “Everything was valuable. I was able to take a lot away from this as I work closely with sexual assault victims/survivors (children and adult).” — Alexis
  • “It provided an excellent delineation of the forensic interview and medical exam. The balance between dealing with the victim (i.e validation, support, ACE) and establishing a criminal case. Lastly, recognition of “burn out”. — Tony
  • “This was very enlightening! I learned a lot today, thank you!!!” — Corrine
  • “How sensitive this topic is and a better understanding of how exams are conducted with children.” — Rhoda
  • “Learned a different way to ask a child questions with an easier, more comfortable dialogue and word choice. Excellent presentation by BOTH!!” — Nancy

 

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