Diana, a beautiful and talented girl, spent her first seven years in foster care and group homes. Starting at age five, or perhaps even earlier, she was severely sexually abused by the male caretaker who stayed overnight with the children in the therapeutic group home.
When she was seven, she was adopted by a very loving family and under their care she thrived and became an accomplished gymnast. She was artistic, resourceful and popular. Diana didn't talk about the sexual abuse she suffered until she became a teenager. When she did, her parents alerted the Foster Care physician who said, "That is impossible, we have known this man for years." A short while later, the man who abused Diana phoned her family and said that Diana spoke the truth about the abuse.
Diana's parents tried to help Diana heal from the past, but no amount of love or therapy could bring back the self-esteem the man who abused her stole from her. Even with her strong will to overcome her childhood trauma, Diana and her family suffered a final tragedy when she ended her own life.
The man who abused Diana, this man who stayed all night with the children in the group home, was also a family man, a father. Had this man been screened, Diana and countless other children could have been saved from ever knowing the horror of sexual abuse.
In honor of Diana, and those who have survived child sexual abuse, the screen designed to protect children is named The Diana Screen®.