Champ Program Child Abuse Medical Provider Program Education for Child Abuse Medical Providers, CHAMP Program, www.champprogram.comHome CHAMPMember AreaCourseworkSkip navigation, go to content directlybackground
CHAMP Home Page
Whats New
About us
CHAMP Faculty and Associate Faculty Overview
CHAMP Network Members
Caring with Compassion
Child Victims of Human Trafficking
Test Your Knowledge
Practice Recommendations
Resources for Professionals
DOH Initiatives
Educational Resources for Medical Residents
Position Statement
Contact Us

Back to list of cases

Child Abuse Case 23

An 8-year-old girl is brought to your office with a complaint of behavioral problems. The mother states that her daughter has begun to have nightmares and complains that she does not want to go school in the morning. She has also been using sexual language, including words for body parts that her family does not use. As the physician, you decide that you want to talk to the girl alone to see if she has anything that she needs to tell you that might suggest sexual abuse. She tells you in private that someone at school has been touching her in the genital area.

You should be careful to:

  1. Control the natural response of shock.
  2. Promise to protect the child from further harm.
  3. Ask why she let the person touch her.
  4. Ask leading questions so that you can clearly ascertain the perpetrator.

Read the answer


Copyright 2006-2023 The CHAMP Program, Syracuse, New York. All Rights Reserved.
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, New York