Read Diane's Book

Conquering IncestConquering Incest: My Life as a Trauma Survivor is available in soft cover and e-book editions.

Guest Appearances

December 7, 2012 Healthcare Policy Podcast Diane talks about treatment and prevention of childhood abuse and neglect

February 20, 2015 Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) with Bill Murray. Diane is a returning NAASCA family member, spoke of her devotion to the tens of millions of adult survivors of child abuse.

July 22, 2015 The Response to Child Abuse Trauma article posted in CANCER inCYTES Magazine.

 

From the President

President' photo

As a survivor of horrendous childhood abuse and neglect, I understand the loneliness and hopelessness of living behind closed doors with a terrible secret. I have also felt the warmth, compassion and acceptance in relationships which have allowed me to feel free and hopeful. It has taken almost 30 years to fulfill my promise of opening a place for survivors. In 2008, with the help of a small group of volunteers, I founded the E Diane Champé Institute.

 

"During the 23 years I spent in therapy recovering from the brutal abuse I suffered when growing up, there were many times I mentally crawled out of my therapist’s office and sat in the waiting room. It wasn’t uncommon for me to sit there for 15-20 minutes so that I could stabilize long enough to safely drive home. I often said to my therapist, “I wish there was somewhere safe to go where I can be in a comfortable environment, do fun things, and be around people who understand what I am going through.” I made a promise to myself that one day I would work to make such a place available to other survivors."

-Diane / The Survivors' Champion 

Diane giving a presentation

Diane was featured as an expert activist in a documentary film called Pursuit of Truth. This film is about adult survivors of child sexual abuse seeking justice. The film has won numerous awards and is highly recommended for anyone who wants to understand the trials and tribulations that survivors entail in the legal system. For more information about the film read Pursuit of Truth Viewing Guide or visit www.pursuitoftruthfilm.com. [Above photo: Diane is presenting the film at George Mason University] 

"Your testimony [in support of Jessica's Law] as much or more than any other, was extremely effective and contributed in a major way to influence the members of the committee that the problem was not only a horrible one but a widespread one as well. So, let me thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Senator Nancy Jacobs
Maryland State Senate

 

Dear Diane Champé,
Your experience of child abuse must have been very hard for you-but I am moved to learn that you will use your experiences to help others. By standing up for your beliefs, I know you will make a difference. With best, best wishes
Elie Wiesel
Holocaust Survivor
Nobel Laureate (Peace Prize)
Elie Wiesel