Sexual abuse training

Ashley Umstot, left, leads community members in training session about sexual abuse focusing on individuals with disabilities at the Disability Action Center Tuesday morning.

FAIRMONT - Individuals with disabilities mental, are more likely to experience forms of sexual abuse.

Staff from of Fairmont's HOPE Inc. led a training session this morning at the Disability Action Center, where attendees learned how to recognize warning signs of abuse and how to report these instances.

"People with disabilities unfortunately are actually victimized more often than people without," said Ashley Umstot, sexual assault victims advocate at HOPE. "So it's very important that we educate the friends, family members and service providers in the community on how to respond to these cases."

HOPE Inc. is a domestic violence shelter that councils individuals who have experienced abuse and also educates the community about abuse and domestic violence. According to Umstot, outreach in the community is important because it can lead to prevention.

This story will be updated later today

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Eddie Trizzino has been a reporter with the Times West Virginian since August of 2017, covering the entertainment, business and health beats. He spends most of his time listening to records, going to the movies and strolling through the town.

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