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17 October 2018

Genital and urinary health problems of sexually abused children: Consequences for girls

This study examined the effects of sexual abuse on the genitourinary health of young victims of sexual abuse by comparing two groups of children; a cohort of 882 who were sexually abused, and a comparison group of another 882 children from the general population. The research found that up to 12 years after being the victim of one or several assaults, girls in the victims' group received 2.1 times more medical diagnoses for urinary health problems and 1.4 times more diagnoses for genital health problems than girls from the general population. In the case of boys, no difference was observed in the number of diagnoses between boys who had been victims of sexual abuse and those from the general population. Also, there was no significant difference in the number of diagnoses for sexually transmitted infections among girls or among boys.