Children who have been raped some years back may have hymenal scars. However, medical professionals are not accustomed in assessing these scars because of the lack of experience in performing physical examinations of the external genitalia of children who suffered from rape some years back. Moreover, the importance of physical examination of the victim's external genitalia is sometimes overlooked. Two cases of rape victims with hymenal scars who visited Daegu Child Sexual Abuse Response Center several years after their first sexual abuse along with a literature review are presented here. Child sexual abuse is a sexual crime against children aged less than 13 years. Rape is defined as committing forced sexual intercourse by violence or threat [ 1 ]. Children lack the capacity to consent; therefore, heavy sentences are imposed on the offenders, regardless of consent. Nevertheless, the Korean Criminal Procedure Act is based on the evidence submitted during the trials [ 2 ] and the physical evidence that supports the victim's statement is crucial in proving the crime committed by the defendant. Medical professionals provide not only medical treatment for the physical injuries on the external genitalia of children who are rape victims but also evidence that can conclusively prove the act of rape by thoroughly documenting the details of the physical trauma.
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Vaginal trauma is injury to the vagina. It can happen during childbirth , sexual assault, and accidental occurrences. This injury often consists of bruising. But in some cases, severe hemorrhage can be a concern that requires immediate medical attention. In adults, the vagina is largely protected from trauma due to the protective function of the mons pubis and labia majora. This protection is lacking in girls who lack a protective fat layer to protect the vagina. Vaginal trauma can occur when something is inserted into the vagina, for example, a sharp object causing penetrating trauma. Most of these, though distressing, are not serious injuries.
All rights reserved. I hated to see him," recalls Tahani, pictured here, of the early days of her marriage to Majed, when she was 6 and he was The couple live in Yemen. How many children and teenage girls are ready for marriage? Yet the practice is shockingly prevalent: One out of nine girls in developing countries will be married by age 15 , according to the United Nations.
Rape and sexual assault are violent crimes, and children and adolescents constitute a large number of the victims of these crimes. Rape and sexual assault are defined according to the degree of sexual interaction. Rape and sexual assault can involve contact between the penis and vagina or penis and anus that involves penetration; contact between the mouth and genitals or anus; penetration of the vagina or anus with an object; or direct touching not through clothing.