LEGAL QUESTIONS: Guilty until proven innocent?

November 2005 
Volume 35  Number 11
Pages 66 - 66
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Recently, a 16-year-old patient hospitalized with complications of anorexia nervosa told me privately that her father has been sexually abusing her for years. I couldn't see any physical signs of abuse; if she hadn't said something, I wouldn't have suspected a problem. Especially troubling is her manner when she was telling me her story. She appeared more watchful than anything else, almost as if to see how I'd react.

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