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If DHS cannot strip-search children, will child abuse go unchecked?

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.

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