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"World Elder Abuse Awareness Day" was celebrated at the Raleigh County Commission's on Aging to help seniors know they aren't alone when being victims of abuse on Thursday.

James Richmond attended the event at the commission and said elder abuse is getting bad, "right in my neighborhood people's homes are getting broken into and their stuff is being taken."

From elderly people being targeted in burglarizes to people taking advantage of 65 and older over the phone and online, its all elder abuse.

Last year alone 1,200 cases of elder abuse were reported in Raleigh County. More victims never get the justice they need or seek because abuse goes unreported.

"So if we don't have the state resources that are going out and actually doing this then the folks who live in this state have got to be aware of it and start reporting to protect these vulnerable people," said Raleigh County Judge John Hutchinson.

Clarence Mizell a Social Service Supervisor, said if someone is suffering from abuse they can pick up the phone and call for help, "no one in their golden years should suffer the things I have seen happen to them. There are agencies out there that it's their job to protect them."

To learn more about elder abuse click on the following link http://www.wvdhhr.org/bcf/children_adult/aps/report.asp