Child Abuse Pocket Atlas, Volume 2

Child Abuse Pocket Atlas, Volume 2

Sexual Abuse

Randell Alexander, MD, PhD, Angelo P. Giardino, MD, PhD, Debra Esernio-Jenssen, MD, Jonathan D. Thackeray, MD, Joyce A. Adams, MD


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212 pages, 445 images, 11 contributors Sexual abuse of children is an especially delicate matter, and each reported case should be treated with exacting care. Accurate identification and appropriate response to symptoms of sexual maltreatment in children is essential to the resilient, long-term recovery of survivors. Therefore, it is incumbent upon those professionals who care for and represent the interests of survivors to recognize cases of childhood sexual abuse and to respond expediently, in the survivors’ best interest. Child Abuse Pocket Atlas Series, Volume 2: Sexual Abuse, the second addition to an ongoing series on child abuse, will support medical practitioners and other affiliated sexual assault response providers in identifying and interpreting the physical signs and symptoms of sexual abuse in children.


Randell Alexander, MD, PhD:
Randell Alexander, MD, PhD is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Florida and the Morehouse School of Medicine and has served on several state child death review committees. He is an active researcher, lectures widely, and testifies frequently in major child abuse cases throughout the country.

Angelo P. Giardino, MD, PhD, MPH, FAAP is the medical director of Texas Children's Health Plan, a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, and an attending physician for the Texas Children's Hospital's forensic pediatrics service at the Children's Assessment Center in Houston, Texas.

Debra Esernio-Jenssen, MD is currently a Professor in Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Florida and has served as the Medical Director of the Child Protection Team since 2010. In 2009 she was certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in Child Abuse Pediatrics.

Jonathan Thackeray, MD, FAAP is Clinical Director of The Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Joyce Adams has been involved in the medical evaluation of suspected sexual abuse since 1984, first as the director of the Sexual Abuse Evaluation Program at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and then at Valley Medical Center in Fresno, California. She has published extensively in the field of medical evaluation of suspected sexual abuse. She also speaks regularly at national and international meetings on topics of sexual abuse and adolescent gynecology, and is active as an expert witness in child sexual abuse cases nationwide. Currently, Joyce Adams is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of Primary Care Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at UCSD. She is involved in teaching, clinical care, and research in several settings, including the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego. She also acts as a consultant for the Sexual Abuse Response Team and Child Abuse Program at Palomar and Pomerado Hospitals in San Diego County.