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Pediatrics Tackles Child Sexual Abuse

Pediatrics Tackles Child Sexual Abuse COMMENTARY PEAKING TO A LARGE AU- matizing topics that had once been timates that 1% to 2% of children dience at the 1977 veiled. were reported each year, many doc- American Academy of During the second half of the 20th tors felt ill prepared to address the Pediatrics meeting, C. century, pediatrics was redefining it- problem and uncomfortable with S Henry Kempe, MD, self. Nutritional improvements had this new role. Articles published challenged fellow pediatricians to improved the overall health of about sexual abuse—its diagnosis, tackle “another hidden problem.” American children. Successes made treatment, epidemiology, and reper- The problem he referred to was child possible by vaccines and antibiot- cussions—in a wide range of pedi- ics had contributed to dramatic de- atric and medical journals be- sexual abuse. He urged pediatri- creases in morbidity and mortality moaned both the extent of the cians to take on sexual abuse as they in diseases that had once domi- problem and physicians’ reticence to had physical abuse over the preced- nated pediatric practice. These ad- respond. ing 2 decades. Kempe was a pedia- vances had reinforced pediatri- Throughout the 1980s, articles in trician from Denver, Colorado, and cians’ beliefs in the power http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Pediatrics American Medical Association

Pediatrics Tackles Child Sexual Abuse

JAMA Pediatrics , Volume 165 (9) – Sep 1, 2011

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2011 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
2168-6203
eISSN
2168-6211
DOI
10.1001/archpediatrics.2011.144
pmid
21893644
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Abstract

COMMENTARY PEAKING TO A LARGE AU- matizing topics that had once been timates that 1% to 2% of children dience at the 1977 veiled. were reported each year, many doc- American Academy of During the second half of the 20th tors felt ill prepared to address the Pediatrics meeting, C. century, pediatrics was redefining it- problem and uncomfortable with S Henry Kempe, MD, self. Nutritional improvements had this new role. Articles published challenged fellow pediatricians to improved the overall health of about sexual abuse—its diagnosis, tackle “another hidden problem.” American children. Successes made treatment, epidemiology, and reper- The problem he referred to was child possible by vaccines and antibiot- cussions—in a wide range of pedi- ics had contributed to dramatic de- atric and medical journals be- sexual abuse. He urged pediatri- creases in morbidity and mortality moaned both the extent of the cians to take on sexual abuse as they in diseases that had once domi- problem and physicians’ reticence to had physical abuse over the preced- nated pediatric practice. These ad- respond. ing 2 decades. Kempe was a pedia- vances had reinforced pediatri- Throughout the 1980s, articles in trician from Denver, Colorado, and cians’ beliefs in the power

Journal

JAMA PediatricsAmerican Medical Association

Published: Sep 1, 2011

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