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Child Sexual Abuse: Seven Years in Practice

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The purpose of this study was to determine the socio-demographic characteristics of sexually abused children. The records of 101 cases of child sexual abuse (CSA) were retrospectively evaluated. Socio-demographic characteristics of the victims, type of sexual abuse, and psychiatric diagnosis were studied. Of the victims, 56.4% (n = 57) were female and 43.6% (n = 44) were male. The mean age was 9.57 ± 3.5, with a range of 4–17 years. Ninety-three (92.1%) of the victims had been admitted as part of the legal process. The majority (66.3%) of the victims had been abused by an acquaintance, while 33.7% had been abused by a stranger. Anal or vaginal penetration was reported in 48.5% of the cases. Post-traumatic stress disorder was the most common (54.5%) psychiatric diagnosis established after sexual abuse. Descriptive data related to the abused children and an understanding of the consequences of CSA will help authorities in planning prevention.

Keywords: Turkey; child abuse; forensic science; psychiatry; psychopathology; sexual abuse

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1556-4029.2010.01357.x

Affiliations: 1: Fellowship in Department of Child and Adolescence Psychiatry, Cukurova University School of Medicine, Adana, Turkey. 2: Director, Sirnak Branch of the Council of Forensic Medicine, Sirnak, Turkey. 3: Department of Child and Adolescence Psychiatry, Cukurova University School of Medicine, Adana, Turkey.

Publication date: May 1, 2010

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