Pediatricians Revise Guidelines for Teen Victims of Sexual Assault
[Source: Medical X-Press]
Pediatricians should be comfortable with treating and screening for sexual assault—and they should know where to send their teenage patients for any additional help they might need.
Those are some of the major points in updated recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on helping teens who’ve been sexually victimized.
The last time the group published guidelines on the issue was 2008. Since then, the problem of sexual assault—particularly on college campuses—has gained more public attention, explained Dr. Elizabeth Alderman, lead author of the new recommendations.
In 2014, she noted, a White House task force issued a report calling on colleges to ramp up efforts to combat sexual assaults.
Of course, sexual assault is not limited to college campuses, said Alderman, who is an adolescent medicine specialist at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in New York City.
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