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CE: Mental Health Matters Revisiting Child Sexual Abuse and Survivor Issues

Sabella, Donna PhD, MEd, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: March 2016 - Volume 116 - Issue 3 - p 48–54
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000481280.22557.45
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Child sexual abuse is a global issue that nurses must be aware of and knowledgeable about as they care for children in various care settings. This article focuses on the prevalence, potential risk factors, and possible signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse. It also provides information about what nurses can do should they suspect that a child has been or is being abused. Because consequences can be far reaching and exist for many years after the abuse, this article also addresses the possible long-term issues faced by survivors and provides resources that nurses can share with patients.

The author discusses the prevalence, risk factors, and possible signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse, explains how to take action if abuse is suspected, and provides resources nurses can share with patients.

Donna Sabella is a psychiatric mental health NP and coordinator of the Human Trafficking Certificate at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions in Philadelphia. She also coordinates Mental Health Matters: ds842@drexel.edu. The author and planners have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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