CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE HELP
Doctors For Sexual Abuse Care (DSAC)
What is child sexual abuse or assault?
Sexual abuse, assault and rape all involve an older person
imposing sexual acts on a child. Sexual assault and rape often
involve the use of physical force and may happen on only one
occasion. Sexual abuse is more likely to be repeated over a period of
All involve misuse of an older person's power over a child. A
child is not equal in physical strength or understanding, and cannot
legally give consent. Child sexual abuse, assault, and rape are all
What children are at risk?
Any child, boy or girl, from any background of any age, can be a
victim. Children who have less chance to tell are most at risk - for
example, children who are very young, have some handicap, or who lack
close family support or supervision.
What sort of person does this to children?
Most child victims are sexually abused by a close family member or
by some other trusted adult. Most, but not all, abusers are male.
Rape and sexual assault may involve either a person known to the
child or a stranger.
What help is needed?
- Help to stop sexual abuse: Caring adults need to listen to and
to take seriously any possibility of sexual abuse or assault of a
- Help for physical problems: The child may suffer physical
injury or contract a sexually transmitted disease. The adolescent
girl is at risk of pregnancy.
- Help for emotional problems: All children who have been
sexually abused, assaulted or raped should be offered counselling
later in life.
Who can give this help?
- Protection and intervention: The Department of Social Welfare
(DSW) and the police have legal powers to protect the child.
- Physical care: The reason for a medical examination is to find
and treat any problems. Often there are none, but reassurance is
very important. It can be essential as the first step in the
healing process. Medical examination of the children very seldom
requires the use of instruments.
- Emotional care: Trained counsellors are available, and the ACC
will usually pay the cost. Families and caregivers and local
support groups can also help.
Where to seek help?
Seek medical help or advice from your family doctor, or a DSAC
doctor. A child should be examined by a doctor with special training
and experience in this work. Any DSAC coordinator will be able to
refer you to such a doctor in your area.
Seek help or advice on child protection from your local Department
of Social Welfare. Special social workers are trained to help with
Seek help or advice on intervention from the DSW or your local
police. Many police units and DSW social workers acting together run
a sexual abuse team. The team will help.
Seek help or advice on counselling from HELP centres, rape crisis
centres, and the ACC. These organisations have specific counselling
centres, and child and family units. Your local Citizens Advice
Bureau has a list of them and will be able to help.
DSAC Regional Coordinators 1999
NORTHLAND/WHANGAREI: Dr Jan Widdowson, c/- Central Family Medical
Centre, Mansfield Terrace, Whangarei, 09 438 3724
AUCKLAND CENTRAL: Dr Theresa Wyatt, 3A Farrell Ave, Remuera,
Auckland, 09 529 0392
AUCKLAND WEST: Dr Jann Singer, 40 Luckens Road, West Harbour, 09
AUCKLAND SOUTH: Dr Selina Green, Pukekohe Medical Centre, Private
Bag 15, Pukekohe 09-238 6849
HAMILTON/WAIKATO: Dr Eleanor Carmichael, Paediatric Department,
Waikato Hospital, Private Bag, 07 839 8709. Dr Lesley Topping, 6
Little London Lane, Hamilton 07 839 3562.
THAMES/COROMANDEL: Dr Elizabeth Allen, Thames Hospital, PO Box
707, Thames 07 868 6550
ROTORUA: Dr Cate Mills, Renoulf Medical Centre, PO Box 442,
Rotorua 07 347 7537
TAURANGA/BOP: Dr Gillian Caisley, Farm Street Family Health, 47
Farm Street, Mt Maunganui 07 575 4001
HAWKES BAY: Dr Jenny Corban, Memorial Hospital, Hastings 06 878
NEW PLYMOUTH/TARANAKI: Dr Robin Fancourt, 85 Vivian Street, New
Plymouth 06 758 1345
MASTERTON/WAIRARAPA: Dr Rita Middleton, PO Box 458, Masterton 06
LOWER HUTT: Dr Lynsey Kerr, 3 Marina Grove, Lower Hutt, Wellington
04 569 7069
WELLINGTON: Dr Jane MacDonald, c/-17 Adelaide Rd, Newtown,
Wellington 04 385 9879
BLENHEIM/MARLBOROUGH: Dr Rosland Gellatly, 30 Maxwell Road,
Blenheim 03 578 0199
NELSON: Dr Clare MacGougan, 22 Tudor Street, Motueka 03 528
CHRISTCHURCH: Dr Lynda Gray, 11 Mashland Road, Shirley,
Christchurch 03 385 3149
SOUTH CANTERBURY: Dr Kerry Neilson, Main Road, Pleasant Point,
South Canterbury 03 614 7002
WESTCOAST: Dr Ruth Moore, Ruby Creek, Taylorville-Blackball Road,
West Coast 03 768 5942
DUNEDIN: Dr Penny Kagan, Aurora Health, 265 King Edward Street,
South Dunedin 03 455 0006
SOUTHLAND: Dr Caroline Corkill, Invercargill 03 214 4441. Dr
Sandra Rhind, 68 High Street, Invercargill 03 217 3089.
Doctors for Sexual Abuse (DSAC): Head Office, 5/4 Warnock St, Grey
Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand. PO Box 90723, Auckland, New-Zealand.
Phone 09 376 1422, Fax-09 376 0790.
Doctors For Sexual Abuse Care (DSAC)
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