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Child Sex abuse: WHO's Guidelines


Child Sex abuse:- Child sex abuse has existed in society for long period in various forms. People neglected it for generations, as not all types of child abuses are related to molestations. Some are well accepted in form of child marriage. This fact can not be ignored that child marriages are still prevalent in some part of the world. In the name of internal matters and culture, the world abstain from pointing it out. However, the point is that a child remains vulnerable and injured in both cases whether society accepts it or not. There are consequences of child sex (abuse). They go through immense amount of physical pain, psychological trauma, and health issues. 


What are the consequences ?
Physical injuries can be cured in some cases, however emotional wounds persist forever. Mentally, abused children even when raised an adult carry more baggage than one can understand. These traumatic conditions may lead to- over eating problems, stress, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, sleep disorder and relationship problems etc. Socially and economically also this leads to a negative direction where the young generation is not able to give the best of their talents. 
WHO’s decision- A welcoming Step --WHO, an international health organizations has issued guideline related to the treatment of children who face sexual abuse. It has issues guidelines for - general practitioners, gynecologists, pediatricians, nurses and others who directly deal with the victim of sexual abuse. 
WHO also focuses on recommendations and suggestions in terms of disclosure made by child, obtaining medical history, conducting physical examinations, forensic investigations, document finding, offering preventive treatment for HIV post exposure, pregnancy prevention and mental health interventions etc. 
Impact and Benefits - there are two types of benefits by the issued guidelines of WHO- short term and long term. Short term consequences include pregnancy, genital infections, and sexually transmitted diseases. Long term consequences include traumas like anxiety, stress and other impacts which have been described earlier. 
What more needs to be done? - Medical treatments and avoiding re-traumatisation are intended to be removed by WHO, however, this will not prevent cases from happening. The governments of the worlds need to support though various policies, laws and awareness.