Child sexual abuse examinations: proposed guidelines for a standard of care.
P. H. Jenkins and R. J. Howell,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law
22(1): 5-17, 1994.
A review of the literature regarding child sexual abuse examinations is presented and a proposal for
a more objective and stringent standard of care is made. Current limitations in sexual abuse
examinations include examiner bias, faulty procedures or diagnostic materials, and varied or
conflicting roles of the judicial, social service, and mental health systems. Examiners in such cases
should have adequate and specific training, be a neutral party appointed by the court, record the
proceedings, and have access not only to the alleged victim, but also to the accused and to other
parties during the examination. [References: 58]