Medical Exams in Child Abuse Cases

All children who are suspected victims of child abuse are entitled to a medical exam conducted by a specialized medical provider. CACs/MDTs can share with families and partner agencies, the importance of a medical exam to ensure the health and well-being of the child, to diagnose and treat medical conditions that may be related to sexual abuse; and to allow for collection of evidence that may be present on the child’s body or clothing within 72 hours (pre-pubescent children) and 120 hours (adolescents).