Physical forensic signs of sexual torture in children

Muriel Volpellier, IRCT

A guideline for non specialized medical examiners: Proper forensic documentation of sexual torture in children is crucial. Informed consent for examination and documentation must be sought from the child/accompanying person and the examination conducted in a sensitive and respectful manner. Time should be given to the child to relate the history of torture and the examiner should start with open ended questions. The history of torture should be recorded verbatim as much as possible.

Key wordschildren / evidence-based / gender based violence / sexual violence / torture