A Sexual Abuse Forensic Exam (SAFE) is recommended for all children who may have experienced skin to skin contact by an alleged perpetrator. SAFE exams must be conducted by a trained medical professional. The exams are comprehensive and are a head to toe exam that is non-invasive. SAFE exams are important for two main reasons: to see if there are any medical concerns or physical evidence, and to reassure the child that their body is normal and healthy.
Children may feel worried, embarrassed or uncomfortable about their exam, which is normal. The medical provider will take as much time as necessary to help children throughout the medical evaluation by explaining each step of the check-up and finding ways to put the child at ease. Much care is given to protect the voice, modesty, and rights of the child.
At this time, The Child Advocacy Center provides assistance for children to receive quality SAFE’s at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.