CHILD VICTIMS OF
Yavuz MF, Yavuz
M., Asirdizer M, Muderrisoglu S.
Journal de Medicine Legale Droit Medical Victimologie Dommage Corporel.
(Journal of Forensic Medicine), 2002, 45(4-5): 189.
Objectives: The aim of this study is to investigate the profiles of anal rape
victim cases among children. Demographic information of the cases were gathered in addition to the effectiveness of the analysis
of medical examinations and forensic reports performed by physicians other than specialists of forensic medicine in comparison
to medical evaluations of the same cases performed by forensic medicine specialists. Nature of the study: Descriptive study.
Material and methods: 222 cases of anal rape allegation which were asked by the courts in any part of Turkey for a final diagnosis
were retrospectively reviewed from the database of the Institute of Forensic Medicine, Istanbul, from 1998 till 2000. The
data of randomly selected child victims (3 -18 years of age) were analyzed on the basis of demographic features and also by
the adequacy of the medical examinations and forensic reports of physicians other than specialists of forensic medicine. Statistical
analysis: Descriptive statistical analysis methods were applied. Results: The age range of child victims of anal rape was
3 to 18 years with a mean of 10.77 (SD: 4.11). For the assailants, age range was 11 to 67 years with a mean of 20.83 years
(SD: 10.51). 63 % (n = 162) of the child victims were male showing a male / female ratio of 2/1. Re-occurrence was seen in
one of four cases by the same assailant. The data revealed that victims were medically examined 2 to 6 times with a mean of
2.64. Consistency among the forensic reports of the same cases was found to be only 20.3 %, with a remaining of 79.7 % being
completely or partially inconsistent. Conclusion: The medical report, which is one of the main elements to clarify the allegation
of sexual assault, must be effective. High rates in medical re-examination of child anal rape victims and insufficiency in
medical forensic reports of the physicians other than specialists of forensic medicine has shown the need of specialized multi-disciplinary
medical centers (there is only a few in Turkey) for the forensic medical evaluation of sexual assault cases.
Key words: Anal Rape, child abuse, sexual abuse.
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