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Archivos de Pediatría del Uruguay

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VEIRANO, Carolina et al. Hospital admission due to child sexual abuse. Pereira Rossell Hospital Center 2010 - 2014. Arch. Pediatr. Urug. [online]. 2017, vol.88, n.5, pp.246-253. ISSN 0004-0584.


childhood and adolescent sexual abuse (CSA) is a relevant problem that has increased in recent years.


to describe the epidemiological characteristics of childhood and adolescent sexual abuse (CSA) of patients who were discharged from the Pereira Rossell Hospital Center (CH-PRHC) and to learn about the behavior adopted in connection with the recommendations by the Ministry of Health in cases of severe SA.


descriptive, retrospective study including children and adolescents younger than 15 years old diagnosed with SA who were released from intermediate care at the CH - HPRC between June 1, 2010 and May 30, 2014.


n = 156, mean age 8.1 years old, 78% female. Average hospital stay was 8.3 days. In 54% of cases somebody within the family was responsible for the SA, the mother’s partner being the most frequent one; repeated episodes 48%; oral, vaginal and/or anal penetration 6%; 25% of cases were severe; 71% of cases evidenced one or more risk factors; specific signs of SA were found in 20% of cases, being these non-specific in 38% of them. 45% of medical records proved there had been a police report. In the cases of severe SA, fulfilment of prophylactic antiretroviral treatment, taking of vaginal, rectal or oral samples, STD coverage and prevention of pregnancy was assessed.


the most frequent kind of sexual abuse was intrafamily child sexual abuse (CSA), which occurred more than once and happened to girls and female adolescents, who did not present abuse-specific elements. There was uneven observation of the recommendations by the Ministry of Health.

Palavras-chave : Sexual child abuse; Epidemiologic factors..

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