Dec 8, 2012

Interview with E. Diane Champé on Childhood Sexual Abuse, Its Adult Survivors and What Can Be Done to Prevent Abuse and Treat Survivors (Dec. 7, 2012)

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E. Diane Champé

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In this 35 minute podcast Ms. E. Diane Champé discusses the prevalence of child abuse and her personal experience as a victim and a survivor.  She explains how and why the issue receives little attention, for example, responses she has received on Capitol Hill and elsewhere in attempting to draw attention to the subject and the inadequacies in abuse reporting and data collection, in federal research in the dissociative disorders and in ADA (the Americans with Disabilities Act) accomodation for employees with mental health diagnoses.  Also too she discusses time limits, due to statutes of limitations, survivors face in suing their abusers in civil court. 

Ms. Champé's work on behalf of adult survivors includes hosting a survivors' website at and speaking publicly about the long-term effects of child abuse and neglect.  Ms. Champé is also a member of Maryland’s Victim Services Professional Network.  Her more recent work includes participation in a national trauma campaign for SAMHSA (a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) and in the State Public Systems Coalition on Trauma.  She's presented before the US Congress, state and local officials and institutions of higher learning.  Ms. Champé recently established a 501(c)(3) social service agency, the E. Diane Champé Institute, which will provide safe havens for adult survivors of child abuse and neglect.  Her autobiography Conquering Incest: My Life as a Trauma Survivor was published in 2011.