The West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services held its annual Sexual Assault and Stalking Symposium in Lewis County.
The annual event brings together hundreds of professionals at Stonewall Resort including law enforcement, nurses and social service providers to train on the latest information in dealing with assault.
Both organizers and presenters said they want to see attendees leave with better strategies to help those victimized by sexual assault.
“It’s really about encouraging courageous conversations in our communities. There’s so many myths and misconceptions about sexual assault, it’s important to have courageous conversations around the reality of sexual assault,” said Tom Tremblay, one of the keynote speakers at the symposium.
“With the #MeToo movement and the Time’s Up movement, we’re seeing more stakeholders coming together to look at ways we can collaborate and with a concern and interest in increasing their skills and serving and responding to victims,” said Nancy Hoffman, conference organizer.
Attendees were asked to wear black to support of victims of sexual assault in the workplace.