We all agree that child abuse must be investigated. It should not be investigated by making children strip down in front of strangers in their schools, bedrooms, or garages, because that endangers the child (and the lasting consequences of child sexual abuse to the child outweigh any possible benefit).
If children’s private areas need to be viewed, it should be done in the context of a medical examination, with pictures taken under HIPAA protection. If parents do not wish to consent to a medical examination, it is very easy to get a court order if there is probable cause. And if there is not probable cause, the child should not be examined.
on strip searching children in Colorado
- Do government workers in Colorado really strip-search children?
- Don’t government workers ask for consent before they strip-search or photograph a child?
- How and why does DHS photograph children’s private areas?
- Doesn’t my child have any constitutional rights not to be strip-searched and photographed?
- Does a strip search endanger my child?
- Is this strip-search policy dangerous to our society?
- How does DHS protect these pictures of naked children?
- If DHS cannot strip-search children, will child abuse go unchecked?
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