Korean J Pediatr.  2009 Nov;52(11):1200-1206. 10.3345/kjp.2009.52.11.1200.

Child sexual abuse and pediatricians

  • 1Department of Pediatrics, National Police Hospital, Seoul, Korea. insleemd@hotmail.com


Child sexual abuse is not a rarely encountered problem. Child sexual abuse is a pediatric disease entity with lifelong impact. Child sexual abuse, different from sexual assault, is not always accompanied by violent force and usually repeated over a period of time. Child sexual abuse should be approached by multidisciplinary team experts. Every pediatrician should know the child protection network in his district and be competent in the child sexual abuse medical evaluation and treatment as a primary doctor. In order to accomplish that goal, the Korean Pediatric Society should change the pediatric residency training curriculum and foster child sexual abuse experts. Pediatricians have responsibilities to do their active role in response to children at risk.


Child sexual abuse; Pediatrician; Medical evaluation
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