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Running head: SEXUAL ABUSE 1 Sexual Abuse Student NURS 6541-14-Primary Care of Adolescent and Child Walden University Date
SEXUAL ABUSE 2 Sexual Abuse When providing care to pediatric patients, advanced practice nurses must have the ability to identify warning signs, perform assessments and develop treatment plans that are appropriate for age. The purpose of this paper is to explain sexual abuse in adolescents and include epidemiology. Next, an explanation will be provided on diagnosis, management, and follow-up care protocols that are age-appropriate for sexual abuse. Lastly, an explanation of the impact how the patient’s culture may influence the care provided. Sexual Abuse in Adolescents and Epidemiology Sexual abuse against adolescents entails many different acts considered to be violations of human-rights, maltreatment, and of the law. These acts may include either or both assault or exploitation in a sexual manner and can occur multiple times over an extended period or may happen only once. The perpetrator may or may not commit the act with force, physical harm or threats, or using the child’s emotions to induce actions that are abnormal in children (Burns et al, 2017). The acts of sexual abuse presents in many forms and through many different actions. Child sexual abuse (CSA) may include offenses such as rape, fondling of breasts or genitals, kissing inappropriately, genital or anal penetration, child pornography, masturbation, and prostitution of minors (Collin-Vézina, Daigneault, & Hébert, 2013).

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