n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - An inconvenient truth : on the absence of definitive corroborative medical evidence in child sexual abuse cases

Volume 8, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



This article examines the most common reasons why definitive medical evidence is not forthcoming in the overwhelming majority of child sexual abuse cases. The analysis is supported by multiple medical studies that conclude it is completely possible for a child to be sexually abused but for there to be no discernable physical trace on the child. The article concludes by assessing how best to proceed with successful prosecutions, in spite of an absence of definitive medical evidence.

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