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Cuadernos de Medicina Forense

versão On-line ISSN 1988-611Xversão impressa ISSN 1135-7606


GIL ARRONES, J. et al. Medical evaluation of sexual abuse suspicion in children: Report of three cases. Cuad. med. forense [online]. 2006, n.43-44, pp.57-74. ISSN 1988-611X.

The diagnostic, valuation and treatment of children that could have been victims of any form of sexual abuse, is an emergent health problem with important legal and social implications. Because of the complexity and diversity of the factors that can be related to this issue, its study has to be done with the cooperation of a wide range of specialists, professionals of different disciplines and also institutions belonging to several sectors. Through the revision of three different cases our aim is to express the obstacles that can be created by the diagnostic of sexual abuse in minors. Such a diagnostic is established after a medical, psychological and social process, always in a probabilistic rank, still this fact must never create doubts about the diagnostic. As a conclusion just to insist in the fact that not always it is going to be possible to obtain certainty indicators, and also that the medical impression will not always coincide with the psychological or social one, as well as not always it is necessary to have the permission of the Court to obtain a response of the Public Administration.

Palavras-chave : Child abuse; Sexual abuse; Multidisciplinary assessment.

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