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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: UBBLES | 2008/01/04

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ABUSED DAUGHTER EXAMINATION

HI DOC

CAN YOU TELL ME IF THERE IS A WAY TO CHECK IF A CHILD HAS BEEN SEXUALLY ABUSED PHYSICALY EXIMINATION BEFORE GOING FOR THERAPY..

AND CAN SOMEONE RECOMMEND A GOOD CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST IN PRETORIA CENTURION/CBD...

TA!

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

This is a very complex question and it is really in your child's best interests to have her examined by a paediatrician ASAP. I hope that one of our Forum members will assist you with your question about a child psychologist in your area, but again your paediatrian will be able to advise the best person to see.

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Posted by: Stella | 2008/01/04

Hi! Been there and know the feeling ... you don't say how old your little girl is, mine was 6 at the time and any phsychiatrist will tell you that little kids are unable to fabricate stories of abuse, cause it's simply outside there little world of understanding.So, if she says so, it definitely did happen. We didn't have any pre-examination, but simply through role-playing in a play-room with, amongst others, Ken & Barbie!, my little girl not only named the perpetrator, but also demonstrated exactly what he did with her! Thankfully no penetration took place, but she had lots of suppresssed anger, some of it even towards me! (to my dismay!) She subconsciously expected me to protect her, but I didn't even know what went on! The child therapist gave me guidelines to positively channel that anger and today my little girl is a blooming teenager in a healthy relationship. Remember, now that the secret's out, you're halfway there and with lots of love and self-esteem building, you'll both get through this.
PS: I phoned the University of Pta (Phsychology dept) and they supplied me with a whole list of good therapists in my area. Best wishes!

Reply to Stella
Posted by: www | 2008/01/04

Hi Ubbles,
Sounds like a VERY troubling situation. I don't think they can physically test for abuse, unless there is rape involved and unless they can test within a certain amount of hours after the event. I am speaking under correction - don't have any experience (thankfully) in the area.

How old is the child? Normally if a child tells you of an abusive situation, they wouldn't make it up and therapy is obviously very important - the phsychiatrist would possibly be able to determine the extent of the abuse by winning over the child's trust and building a relationship.

Good luck - and I don't know the situation, but I do hope that criminal charges have been filed?

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