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Recognizing the victims of child sexual abuse and future implications for individual children

Bogumiła Szewczak, Emil Bartosz Rozenek, Alicja Cichocka, Karolina Michałowska, Wiktor Orlof, Napolen Waszkiewicz
DOI: 10.5603/SP.2021.0004
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Seksuologia Polska 2021;19.

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The problem of child sexual exploitation is a difficult topic in many aspects. The current global situation related to the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has contributed to reducing the detection of many forms of violence, including those against children. The detection of predisposing factors and alarming symptoms that can increase the vigilance of a pediatrician often involves careful examination and proper conversation with the caregiver, since it is he/she who spends the most time with a small patient and who can provide a lot of information about the behavioral changes of the child over time. However, it is important to be careful when formulating questions because the majority of child abusers are the people from the immediate surroundings of their victims. It is also crucial to be able to notice somatic symptoms and to assess the child's behavior at the doctor's office. Delays in recognizing victims of child abuse as well as time delayed psychological support can entail multiple negative consequences, in particular those related to mental health. Adults abused in their childhood have difficulties in maintaining long-lasting relationships and they struggle more often with eating disorders and mood swings.

Abstract

The problem of child sexual exploitation is a difficult topic in many aspects. The current global situation related to the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has contributed to reducing the detection of many forms of violence, including those against children. The detection of predisposing factors and alarming symptoms that can increase the vigilance of a pediatrician often involves careful examination and proper conversation with the caregiver, since it is he/she who spends the most time with a small patient and who can provide a lot of information about the behavioral changes of the child over time. However, it is important to be careful when formulating questions because the majority of child abusers are the people from the immediate surroundings of their victims. It is also crucial to be able to notice somatic symptoms and to assess the child's behavior at the doctor's office. Delays in recognizing victims of child abuse as well as time delayed psychological support can entail multiple negative consequences, in particular those related to mental health. Adults abused in their childhood have difficulties in maintaining long-lasting relationships and they struggle more often with eating disorders and mood swings.

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child sexual abuse (CSA); pedophilia; child abuse

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Recognizing the victims of child sexual abuse and future implications for individual children

Journal

Seksuologia Polska (Polish Sexology)

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Vol 19 (2021): Continuous Publishing

Article type

Review paper

Published online

2021-05-31

DOI

10.5603/SP.2021.0004

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Seksuologia Polska 2021;19.

Keywords

child sexual abuse (CSA)
pedophilia
child abuse

Authors

Bogumiła Szewczak
Emil Bartosz Rozenek
Alicja Cichocka
Karolina Michałowska
Wiktor Orlof
Napolen Waszkiewicz

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