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Sexual Abuse

Physical signs can indicate sexual abuse

Most of the time, acts of sexual abuse committed on children do not cause injury to the genital and anal areas. The absence of any injury, however, does not suggest that the child was not the victim of sexual abuse.

There are, however, physical signs that do indicate sexual abuse, such as bruises and lacerations in particular areas of the hymen.

Some physical signs do not specifically indicate sexual abuse, in other words, they may have other causes. These include lesions around the anogenital area, irritation, itching, vaginal or anal discharge or bleeding, urinary tract infections, and pain when passing urine, presence of a foreign body in the vagina or anus, constipation, bedwetting or fecal incontinence, abnormal dilation of the anus, and chronic anal fissures.

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