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Medical Professionals

  • Include child sexual abuse and sibling sexual abuse prevention materials in parent education at well-child visits. Child sexual abuse is possibly the most common preventable form of childhood trauma, with lifelong physical and mental health consequences.

  • Be on the lookout for physical signs of sexual trauma even in young children. Consider it a possibility when evaluating infections or ongoing irritation in the genital or anal area, including in boys.

  • Be proactive in mentioning the possibility of sexual activity with a sibling when addressing pediatric patients, especially in conversations that are private from parents.  This includes the possibility that your patient is the one causing the harm, especially in boys beginning or going through puberty.

  • Include the possibility of child-on-child and sibling-caused sexual and physical abuse in mandatory reporter training for staff.

  • Be prepared with materials, resources, and referrals for parents when child sexual trauma is suspected, including those who are parents of the survivor, the offender, or both.

  • Be sensitive to the possibility that childhood sexual abuse, including sibling sexual trauma or abuse, could be contributing to the mental and physical ailments that bring adult patients to your practice.

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