If my child was abused, how soon should he/she see a doctor?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children who are victims of abuse receive a medical examination.

  • Physical abuse: A child who was physically assaulted or injured during a domestic violence incident, is showing signs or symptoms related to an injury, or is under the age of 2, should be taken to an emergency room immediately. Older children, or those without apparent physical injury, may be seen at an outpatient clinic.
  • Sexual abuse: The sooner an examination occurs after a sexual assault, the more likely that evidence may be found. Sometimes evidence is found up to 120 hours (5 days) after a sexual assault. Examinations are recommended, regardless of the date of the incident, to ensure the child is safe and healthy.

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1. What is the Children’s Advocacy Center?
2. What is child abuse?
3. Who is a mandated reporter and what is their responsibility?
4. What should I do if a student tells me they are being abused?
5. What is Childline?
6. What is CYF?
7. What is the Crime Victims’ Center (CVC)?
8. What is a forensic interviewer?
9. How is a forensic interview conducted?
10. What is the multidisciplinary team (MDT)?
11. Will my child see their abuser at the Justice Center or in the CAC?
12. What if my child needs mental health help?
13. If my child was abused, how soon should he/she see a doctor?
14. What kind of medical examination will my child need if he/she was sexually abused?
15. How will the criminal justice system handle my child’s abuser?