In a 2004 U.S. Department of Education study representative of 80,000 schools, 9.6% of all students in grades 8-11 reported educator and staff sexual misconduct during the school years, with 7% reporting physical sexual contact. Sexual misconduct included crossing sexual boundaries with students as well as sexual abuse.
Facts & Figures
Select the best possible people for staff and volunteer positions and screen out individuals who have sexually abused youth or are at risk to abuse.”
-The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Within Youth-serving Organizations
Boundary violations occur in schools and other youth-serving settings more frequently than people realize. Some adults fail to recognize adult-child sexual boundaries themselves and some are permission givers who fail to respond appropriately when they witness other adults crossing boundaries with children and teens.
In addition, an estimated 6% of adults in the general population have a sexual interest in children. These adults apply in greater numbers to work and volunteer with children.
Without proper screening, adults like these may be hired as educators and coaches. They may end up volunteering with after-school programs or as a coach on a school’s athletic program.
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:
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For a list of sources supporting the information on this page, go to References.