Local Prince Rupert Groups Recognize World Elders Abuse Awareness Day

June 15th marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and some local groups in Prince Rupert offered workshops to ensure elders are informed.

The North Coast Immigrant and Multi-Cultural Services Society, along with other groups, provided information to seniors on how to avoid abuse and what to do if a situation arises.

President Louisa Sanchez says Elder Abuse can happen in many ways.

"You know social, emotional, sexual, and financial that type of thing. We're also doing the BC Adult Guardianship Law because it's a lot of thing that we have to deal with. When adults are abused or neglected, it can be difficult to know if and when to step in."

She says this is the third year the event has taken place and says it provides everyone a way to get informed.

Sanchez wants elders to know that it could be a close person or even family that could abuse you.

"It's so hard sometimes because a lot of people who are abused have that shame and feeling embarrassed. In many instances, it happens not with strangers, but with family."

Sanchez say one of the main goals for this day is show Elders in the community that there's nothing shameful about reaching out for any help, whether it's from emergency services or other agencies.

"Please don't be afraid. Bring it out. It's nothing to be ashamed of. You're not the only one. There are lots of people who are going through the same type of problems."

The City of Prince Rupert also presented a proclamation recognizing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in the community.