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Child sexual abuse: Report of 311 cases with review of literature

L Essabar, A Khalqallah, BSB Dakhama

Abstract


Child sexual abuse (CSA) is a global problem that has significant  consequences for public health; it has been a prominent topic of public  concern for more than a decade, but many basic facts about the problem remain unclear or in dispute. We conducted a study of 311 cases of CSA in order to highlight the epidemiological features and negative impact on victims' well-being and to emphasize the need for a multidisciplinary approach to the primary prevention and management of CSA. We noted an increase in cases number with male predominance. Most of our patients came from lower  socioeconomic classes. The perpetrators were male in 100% of cases;  acquaintances in 70% of cases and family members in 22 cases. Physical  examination were normal in 61% of cases, however, a range of psychological and physical effects were identified with dramatic health consequences: three cases of attempted suicide, five pregnancies and one case of HIV virus  infection.



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