This research report discusses the outcomes of a study conducted to understand the help-seeking patterns of behavior among teens who experienced sexual assault and reported it. The study found patterns in reporting, including reports that were voluntary, reports that were involuntary, and reports prompted by the circumstances of the assault. The research suggests that teens who made voluntary reports were more likely to stay enaged in the legal system.
Since the American Academy of Pediatrics published its last policy statement on this topic in 1994, additional information and data have emerged about sexual assault and rape in adolescents, the adolescent's perception of sexual assault, and the treatment and management of the adolescent who has been a victim of sexual assault. This new information mandates an updated knowledge base for pediatricians who care for adolescent patients. This statement provides that update, focusing on sexual assault and rape in the adolescent population.
This publication is provided as a starting point for professional organizations and educational institutions to prepare their helping professionals, including doctors, dentists, nurses, veterinarians, and beyond, to develop the skills and competencies needed to meet the needs of individuals who may have experienced abuse and violence.
The resource proposes strategies communities can consider to promote the types of relationships and environments that help children grow up to be healthy and productive citizens so that they, in turn, can build stronger and safer families and communities for their children. It is directed toward anyone committed to the positive development of children and families, and specifically to the prevention of all forms of child abuse and neglect.
La tarjeta fue diseñada para profesionales de salud y incluye preguntas potenciales para madres como, "¿Mi pareja me fuerza a hacer cosas sexuales que yo no quiero?" "¿Mi pareja apoya mis decisiones sobre cuándo o si quiero tener más hijos?" y "¿Me siento tan triste que no puedo levantarme de la cama, o cuidar del bebé?" También disponible en inglés.
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