Research Article Open Access
Volume 5 | Issue 1 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.33696/Gynaecology.5.056

Sexual Abuse of Minors: 63 Cases at Mouila Regional Hospital in Gabon in 2022

  • 1Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproduction, University of Health Sciences, BP 4066, Libreville, Gabon
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Corresponding Author

Ulysse Minkobame Zaga Minko, ulysseminkobame@yahoo.com

Received Date: December 12, 2023

Accepted Date: January 17, 2024


Introduction: Sexual abuse of minors is a topical issue in our regions.

Objective: To study the epidemiological and clinical aspects of sexual abuse of minors at the Mouila Regional Hospital in 2022.

Patients and method: This was a prospective cross-sectional descriptive study. It was conducted from 1 January to 31 December 2022 in the Gynaecology-Obstetrics Department of the Mouila Regional Hospital. The study included all victims under the age of eighteen who were seen for a gynaecological consultation with a judicial requisition addressed to a qualified person for a medical examination following a report of sexual abuse. The data was collected and reported on a pre-established data collection form. They were entered and processed using epi info software version

Results: The prevalence of sexual abuse of minors was 4.23%, the average age of the victims was 12 years, with extremes of 2 and 17 years, and a sex ratio of 9.5 in favor of girls. The assaults were committed at a neighbor’s house (44%) by people close to the victim (95.24%) and during the day (92.06%). Rape was the most common form of assault (69.84%), followed by hymenal tears (60.32%). Post-traumatic stress (37.5%) and infanticide were the major complications.

Conclusion: Sexual abuse of minors is common. It has serious consequences that can be lethal.


Sexual abuse, Minors, Infanticide, Gabon

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