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Karen Farst, M.D., M.P.H., is a pediatrician at Arkansas Children’s Hospital specializing in internal medicine/pediatrics and child abuse pediatrics, and an associate professor in the College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). She is also the associate director for the university’s Center for Children at Risk. She sits on the National Children’s Alliance Board of Directors, where she serves as Accreditation Committee Chair. She earned her M.D. and B.A. from Texas Tech University and her Masters of Public Health from Fay Boozman College of Public Health at UAMS.

When Does Abuse End and Assault Begin?

Karen FarstMarch 6, 2017
While child sexual abuse can take many forms, it is typical for the child (and family) to know the offender. The offender uses this relationship to “groom” the child so that abuse can involve more invasive physical contact over time. This grooming process is not only part of the reason that there is often not physical evidence of the abuse once it is disclosed, but is also part of the dynamic that causes more than half of sexual abuse victims...Continue