Report on caring for teens after sexual assault calls for screening, anticipatory guidance
from AAP News
An updated AAP clinical report on how to assess and care for adolescents who have been sexually assaulted includes guidance on the importance of offering routine screening and prevention messages. Teens and young adults ages 12-34 years have the highest rates of sexual assault, according to Care of the Adolescent After an Acute Sexual Assault from the AAP Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect and Committee on Adolescence. The report notes that it is important for providers to "have an increased awareness that sexual assault is a prevalent issue that can affect any of their patients, regardless of gender."
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