What Is A Forensic Medical Examination?
Forensic medical examinations are conducted following a forensic interview when a child has disclosed sexual or severe physical abuse and the exam is deemed necessary. Exams are performed by highly trained nurses and are supervised by specialized physicians at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta via telemedicine (a live audio/video connection). Exams are tailored to the statements made by the child in the forensic interview and are used for evidence collection, testing and treatment. Medical exams are not invasive, and should cause children no pain. Children also receive reassurance about their bodies and their health, and answers to any questions or concerns they may have.