Medical Examinations

Medical Examinations

The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass operates a child-friendly, on-site medical clinic to evaluate those children who have reported inappropriate physical contact. Regardless of how long ago the assault occurred, it is important that child and adolescent victims receive a thorough examination to ensure that they are physically and emotionally healthy.


The medical clinic is staffed by a board-certified child abuse pediatrician, a nurse, and a licensed clinical social worker. This team has received special training regarding the care of children and teens who report experiencing sexual abuse.  A comprehensive medical examination is conducted for a number of reasons. It allows the physician to:

  • Diagnose and treat injury
  • Test for sexually transmitted diseases
  • Collect forensic evidence when appropriate
  • Assess behavioral and emotional problems
  • Make additional referrals

Although there are very rarely physical signs of sexual abuse, many families are reassured knowing that no permanent physical damage has been done.  Medical exams are scheduled by appointment only.  Medical examinations are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Child Victims’ Trust Fund.


All services are provided at no cost to a child’s family.