I would like to attempt to allay the concerns expressed by Drs Hobbs and Wynne over the results of our study on the frequency of abnormal anogenital findings in children whose perpetrators were convicted of molestation.1

First of all, perhaps an explanation of the patient population served by the Sexual Abuse Evaluation Program at Valley Medical Center is in order. Like many programs in the United States, we saw children who were referred for evaluation after they had disclosed their abuse and had been evaluated by the child protection agencies.

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