Extended school closures and restricted social activities during the COVID-19 pandemic may have increased the likelihood of youth being exposed to child sexual abuse (CSA), as seen during previous public health emergencies.1 Nonetheless, quantitative data are lacking. The aim of the study was to compare the incidence of CSA in youth before and during the COVID-19 pandemic in Hong Kong.
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Accepted for Publication: July 26, 2022.
Published: October 20, 2022. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.36278
Open Access: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the CC-BY License. © 2022 Wong JYH et al. JAMA Network Open.
Corresponding Author: Abraham Ka Chung Wai, MBChB, JD, MBA, Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Clinical Medicine, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR, China (firstname.lastname@example.org); Joshua W. K. Ho, BSc, PhD, School of Biomedical Sciences, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR, China (email@example.com).
Author Contributions: Drs Wai and Ho had full access to all of the data in the study and take responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.
Concept and design: Wong, Yip, Wai, Ho.
Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: All authors.
Drafting of the manuscript: Wong, Wai, Ho.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: All authors.
Statistical analysis: Luk, Ho.
Obtained funding: Luk, Ho.
Administrative, technical, or material support: Luk, Wai.
Supervision: Wai, Ho.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
Funding/Support: This study was supported in part by AIR@InnoHK (Dr Ho), administered by the Innovation and Technology Commission of Hong Kong.
Role of the Funder/Sponsor: The funder had no role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript; and decision to submit the manuscript for publication.
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