Obstet Gynecol Sci.  2017 Nov;60(6):612-615. 10.5468/ogs.2017.60.6.612.

Two cases of hymenal scars occurred by child rape

  • 1Daegu Child Sexual Abuse Response Center, Daegu, Korea.
  • 2Department of Forensic Medicine, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.
  • 3Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea. thlee@knu.ac.kr


Children who have been raped some years back may have hymenal scars. However, medical professionals are not accustomed in assessing these scars because of the lack of experience in performing physical examinations of the external genitalia of children who suffered from rape some years back. Moreover, the importance of physical examination of the victim's external genitalia is sometimes overlooked. Two cases of rape victims with hymenal scars who visited Daegu Child Sexual Abuse Response Center several years after their first sexual abuse along with a literature review are presented here.


Rape; Child; Hymen; Genitalia

MeSH Terms

Child Abuse, Sexual
Physical Examination
Sex Offenses


  • Fig. 1 (A) The hymen was annular, and partial V-shaped notches (80%) were observed at the 6 o'clock (a) and 9 o'clock (b) positions. (B) Via a cotton swab examination, a partial V-shaped notch (80%) was observed in the 6 o'clock position.

  • Fig. 2 (A) The hymen was annular, and multiple transections were observed at the 3 o'clock (a), 6 o'clock (b), and 10 o'clock (c) positions. (B) Via a cotton swab examination, transection that extends to the base of the hymen was observed in the 6 o'clock position.


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