People First Workshop Focuses on Abuse Prevention

Sadie Hunter, executive director of People First of Ohio, conducted a session Wednesday, Jan. 27, called “Health, Safety, & Sexuality Training for You & Me” at STAR, Inc. She was assisted in the presentation by Bill Adams, Self Advocacy Specialist at STAR, Inc., and Past President of People First of Ohio. The course addresses such issues as what an individual can do if they have been victimized physically, verbally, or sexually, and how to report and preserve evidence.

Sadie Hunter does a lot of workshops with people with disabilities on a variety of issues as they travel the road to become a self advocate.

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, Hunter conducted a course at STAR, Inc., titled “Health, Safety, & Sexuality Training for You & Me”, wherein she and individuals discussed such topics as what abuse is, the best ways to document it, and appropriate terminology to use when reporting to and working with law enforcement and prosecutors.

It is a fact that a majority of America’s citizens with disabilities suffer some sort of abuse, often by those they most trust and depend on. Hunter said approximately 90 percent of those she has worked with have endured some sort of abuse, be it verbal, physical, or sexual. They are facts that are often unrealized by the general public because those with disabilities are considered difficult witnesses, or not credible because of the manifestation of their particular disability. They may simply have difficulty communicating in a manner understood by law enforcement.

The local chapter of People First will next meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 at STAR, Inc.