WHO releases guidelines for healthcare workers on responding to sexual violence

WHO has released guidelines to enable health care providers respond effectively to children and adolescents (up to 18 years of age) who have been sexually abused (including sexual assault and rape) with compassionate and respectful care.  A 2011 study estimated that 18% of girls, and 8% of boys worldwide have experienced sexual abuse. The guidelines recommend that healthcare providers place the best interests of children and adolescents first by assessing and promoting their safety; ensuring confidentiality and privacy; offering choices in provision of care; respecting their autonomy and wishes; and addressing the specific needs of boys and girls with additional vulnerabilities, such as LGBTI adolescents, children and adolescents with disabilities, and those from low socio-economic groups and indigenous populations, and ensuring provision of care to them without discrimination.

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