Signs of the sexual abuse of a child are not likely to be
noticed without an examination of the genital area. These signs include:
Bruises, scars, chafing, or bite marks in the
Discharge from the vagina or
Rectal or genital bleeding.
Anal tears or
Symptoms of a developing
sexually transmitted infection (STI), such as gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia,
genital herpes, hepatitis B, trichomoniasis, or human immunodeficiency virus
(HIV), the virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
Sexual abuse may not be detected with a physical exam,
especially if enough time has lapsed to allow tissue to heal. Also, some types
of sexual abuse, such as fondling or oral contact, usually do not leave any
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