A Conversation About Sexual Abuse in the Down Syndrome Community with The Lucky Few Podcast

I was thrilled to be invited to share the work of Worth The Conversation and my passion for keeping kids safe with my friends at The Lucky Few Podcast. These ladies are “shifting the narrative by shouting the worth of people with Down syndrome” and truly are world changers. I’m so grateful they reached out to discuss this difficult topic!


“This is a complicated issue, but I truly believe that the Down Syndrome community is powerful enough to tackle this,” Lindsey Strickland on sexual abuse against children with Down Syndrome.  We are so grateful to have our wise friend, Lindsey here to engage in this important conversation and empower us all to make a change. We know sexual abuse is tough to talk about, but our kids are #WorthTheConversation.  Thankfully, today’s guest is well-versed in this conversation. Lindsey has spent many years working with Child Protective Services as a case manager for at-risk families, and she also grew up with foster siblings who had experienced abuse.  After working as a child advocate in a sexual assault clinic, she began to educate her community about the realities of child sexual abuse. Her extensive background, heart for outreach, and 6 year-old-son with Down Syndrome all lead her to create Worth The Conversation

Lindsey’s online platform serves to empower parents to protect their children with different abilities.  She acknowledges the many risk factors for our kids and encourages families to combat those dangers with fierce advocacy and clear communication.  Remember listeners, you have the right to be present during your child’s therapies, the right to drop in unannounced, and the right to set expectations and boundaries with your child’s doctors, teachers, aides, baby sitters, care givers, and more.  Let’s shout their worth and protect our kiddos, it’s definitely #WorthTheConversation.

Primary Prevention and Why It Matters

In order to address the specifics of preventing sexual abuse in children with Down syndrome, we first have to understand what is referred to as primary prevention in the field of sexual violence prevention. Primary prevention aims to change the deeply rooted cultural attitudes that lead to inequalities which put certain populations at an increased risk of sexual abuse. Those of us parenting a child with Down syndrome are already doing the daily work to uproot prejudice against our children. Continue reading Primary Prevention and Why It Matters

Let’s Start this Conversation

Once upon a time, I had a job that gave me a paycheck. I worked as the child advocate at a crisis center where I provided education and support for children and families impacted by sexual abuse. I absolutely loved everything about it: giving awareness talks in the community, co facilitating equine therapy summer camps, and even helping teens prepare to testify against their abuser in court. It was intense meaningful work that would often shut down the polite, “What do you do?” party conversation in two seconds flat. Despite my Debbie Downer vibe at social gatherings, every now and then someone would find out what I did for a living and summon the courage to share their story with me. It was, and is, always a privilege to be invited to hear someone’s story of surviving trauma. 

Continue reading Let’s Start this Conversation