Sexual Assault: Forensic Nursing in the ER, comment

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RE: The post from August 9, 2005 and titled:
Sexual Assault: Forensic Nursing in the ER, in Forensic Nursing Chronicles

Fortunately in this case, the nurse (and /or physician) had the insight to do a rape kit and take the child seriously. All too frequently we hear about children who have been repeatedly sexually abused by a relative or a family friend, only to find out that their parent or caretaker didn’t take them seriously. These sexual acts, from molestation to penetration can have serious consequences to the child later in life.
I believe events such as the one in this case occur more frequently than most people think.
The program Dateline: To Catch a Predator, has multiple stories of men showing up at the home of a young teenage girl that they were in contact with on the Internet, only to find Dateline there instead. These men are from all walks of life. Previous sex offenders, people on Parole, religious leaders, just to name a few.
This is a widespread problem, not just an isolated case here and there. I’m glad there is a push in the medical community to be more aware of and recognize child abuse, but this is just a small part of it.

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