All children who are suspected victims of child sexual abuse are entitled to a specialized medical evaluation, called a forensic medical exam.
The forensic medical exam is a non-invasive, but comprehensive medical exam, conducted by our medical service provider, who has specialized training in the medical evaluation of child sex abuse.
The exam is not much different than a typical well-child check-up, but it plays an important role in gathering information and evidence for a child abuse investigation.
The exam takes place in one of our colorful and comfortable exam rooms. The child may have a support person in the room during the exam if they desire.
There are never any restraints placed on the child, and the child can choose at any time if he/she would like to stop the exam.
To help reduce any stress or anxiety the child may be feeling, our medical assistant employs fun distractions for the child’s benefit while our medical provider is completing the exam.
What’s discovered in the exam helps the investigative team determine what happened to the child and how to move forward with the case.