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Ohio Valley Residents Trained to Come to the Aid of Sexual Assault Victims

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Sexual violence among people with disabilities is more prevalent than some may think.

Members of the Ohio Valley community received training on this important and sensitive issue Thursday in Wheeling. The workshop provides attendees with knowledge of what to do and say if they come in contact with someone that may have been assaulted.

Organizers said people with any type of disability are much more vulnerable to fall victim to sexual violence.

The training was a collaborative effort between Russel Nesbitt services, where the session was held, and the state coalition that oversees rape crisis centers in West Virginia.

Executive Director of the Sexual Assault Help Center Linda Reeves said, "Being able to provide this training raises awareness among the community. It's such a critical issue, but it also gives them skills on how to communicate, how to talk to them, and how to make offices accessible. "

The audience was a mix of councilors, social workers, nurses, law enforcement, and people who work directly with people with disabilities.