Trauma Warning: in this episode we speak about sexual assault and abuse in the disability community.
We had guests James (Joey) Wilkerson and Loren Pilcher on with us to discuss abuse and sexual assault in the intellectual and developmental disability community and the importance of education and prevention.
James Wilkerson is Chief Diversity Officer/Title IX Coordinator at Indiana University Southeast, he is also an author and sexual assault advocate. His organization Greek Law has educated hundreds of college students about consent and bystander intervention. We also had Loren Pilcher, who is the COO of Sweet Behavior Services. Loren is a passionate disability activist and researcher and has spent almost two decades working in the disability community and advocating for the disability community.
Carly mentions in the episode that she hadn’t been formally trained on the signs and symptoms of abuse. Since recording the episode, she along with the few team members that hadn’t previously had this training at DSL have completed it. DSL strives to educate ourselves, our staff, and our members on this very important issue and are taking steps each day to be better. We encourage our listeners to insist that all staff working with individuals with disabilities in every setting are trained on this topic.
We will continue this series and speak on the importance of consent and sex education for members of the intellectual disability community for the purpose of preventing exploitation and abuse.
World Down Syndrome Day 2023- Choose Your Own Adventure
Down Syndrome of Louisville Encourages Community to Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day The nonprofit is teaming up with local businesses for a weekend-long celebration. To see the complete calendar of events for DSL’s World Down Syndrome Day celebration, see below. Louisville, Ky. (March 15, 2023) – Down Syndrome of Louisville (DSL) is celebrating World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) […]
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