Ferndale, WA (Vocus) March 12, 2009
The latest version of The Diana Screen ® (The Diana) is due to be commercially available by the summer of 2009. The Diana was developed for use as a "pre-employment" screen by any organization in which there are professionals or volunteers who work with children. The Internet-based questionnaire screens for the likelihood that the applicant has sexually abused a child in the past. An applicant completes the screen in approximately 20 minutes and then the organization receives a pass / fail report for that applicant from Abel Screening, Inc.
The majority of child sexual abusers do not have criminal record because they have not been reported or have not been convicted. Therefore, criminal background checks, while they are successful for revealing most criminal behavior, identify less than 2% of the individuals who have molested a child. The Diana Screen ® will identify 46% of men and women who are sexual risks to children. Out of every 1,000 people, there are approximately 70 child molesters. Criminal background checks may identify 1, but The Diana can identify 32.
The Diana is already in use by several religious organizations and a residential adolescent treatment hospital in Missouri, Heartland Behavioral Health Systems.
The Diana Screen® is a questionnaire taken directly from a psychological assessment that is empirically validated and has been used by therapists and criminal justice professionals more that 100,000 times. It was created by Gene G. Abel, M.D., an internationally recognized research scientist, who has been awarded six long-term National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) grants to study the prevention of child sexual abuse. Dr. Abel is currently a professor for Emory and Morehouse Medical Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. He has published over 100 scientific papers including 19 on the healing of child victims and adult survivors of sexual abuse.
Dr. Abel named The Diana Screen® for a young girl who spent the first seven years of her life in a therapeutic group home, where the night guardian began sexually abused her on a regular basis. While Diana was adopted by a loving family at the age of seven, she never recovered from the abuse, and took her own life when she was eighteen years old. In hopes of preventing other children from suffering Diana's fate, The Diana Screen® was developed in her honor.
For additional information about The Diana Screen®, contact Kristine Rivard at 1-800-806-2235.
ABOUT ABEL SCREENING, INC.: Abel Screening, Inc. was established in 1995 to provide therapists and criminal justice professionals with tests to assess men and women with sexual behavior problems and identify individuals who are child sexual abusers.
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