Characteristics and follow-up of adolescents victims of sexual abuse

Jean-Yves Frappier, MD, Reine Gagné, BSC. Nursing Section de Médecine de l’adolescence, Hôpital Ste-Justine, Montréal, Québec


To describe:


Medical records of 102 teenage girls seen consecutively in the ER and followed by a multidisciplinary team, were reviewed. Data were collected on standardized forms, so the information obtained was fairly complete.


Characteristics of victims Circumstances

Emergency Room Visit

The aggressor

First follow-up

92% showed up for first follow-up visit, an average of 26 days after the ER visit.

Accompanied by parents 57%


At time of abuse

at first follow-up visit, among sexually active, had resumed their sexual activities 22%

Problems most often identified by victims:

Other Follow-up

60% present for a second follow-up (an average of 114 days of ER visit)


Two important time for follow-up (medically and psychosocially): 2-3 weeks and 3 months The role of parents in the recovery process of these adolescents is important and supporting the family is crucial. However, compliance to follow-up visits is low.