Research shows that sexual abuse and boundary violations happen in all sports and at all levels. Youth sport activities present an ideal environment for volunteer coaches and other adult volunteers who fail to recognize adult-child sexual boundaries or who are at a high risk for having sexually abused a child in the past.
Facts & Figures
How often do boundary violations occur in youth-serving programs?
Boundary violations occur quite frequently and are most often not reported, putting children and teens in youth-serving programs at continued risk.
In addition, an estimated 6% of adults have a sexual interest in children. These adults apply in greater numbers to work and volunteer with children. In addition, some adults fail to recognize adult-child sexual boundaries and/or are permission givers who fail to respond appropriately to incidences of sexual misconduct.
Without proper screening, adults like these may be hired on as coaches, youth athletic directors, or members of the coaching staff. When placed in positions of authority these individuals represent a clear danger to the youth they manage and the institutions who employ them.
Because only 6% of child sexual abuse is ever reported to the police, background screens are largely ineffective at identifying individuals who may have already sexually abused a child. In fact, ChoicePoint reported looking at over 3.5 million background checks and finding only 0.2% that could be identified as sexual offenders.
In contrast to background screens, The Diana Screen® does not rely on public records or criminal histories. The Diana Screen® methodology provides much more effective results. Administered to job applicants and volunteers, The Diana Screen® is a child safety screen that helps identify adults who fail to recognize adult-child sexual boundaries or who are at a high risk for having sexually abused a child in the past. Because The Diana Screen® does not rely on public records or criminal histories, it does a better job of helping to screen out those individuals who may detract from the safety and welfare of the children in an organization. The Diana Screen® is dramatically more effective than criminal background checks in protecting children and teens against this risk.
Using The Diana Screen® accomplishes the following:
For more information about The Diana Screen® or the Abel Screening, Inc. line of Child Protection Products, please Contact Us or call at 1.800.806.2235.
For a list of sources supporting the information on this page, go to References.