This fact sheet begins by providing information on the incidence of child sexual abuse and the services of the Children's Response Center. Components of a medical exam are then explained, as well as the stress symptoms children may experience before or after others learn of the abuse. Feelings parents might experience after learning of the sexual abuse are also discussed, as well as types of counseling available for children and parents. Strategies are offered for protecting a child from further abuse and minimizing the emotional trauma of a child who has been sexually abused. Finally, the fact sheet explains the role of the child protective services, the criminal justice system, and victim advocacy services when child sexual abuse occurs.
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