Child predator warning signs reviewed at forum

Posted at 5:35 AM, Sep 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-19 02:33:10-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - It’s a parents worst nightmare, finding out there’s a predator around your kids.

On Wednesay, Capital Regional Medical Center is educating the public on what to do about it.

WTXL ABC 27's Jada Williams was live Wednesday with details about the day’s event.

The hospital is welcoming parents, teachers and anyone who works with kids to hear from a trained professional.

Chelsi Reinhard-Pender is the manager of Social Services. At Wednesday's meeting, she'll address the crowd to discuss warning signs displayed by small children that may show sexual abuse.

The forum will also teach parents the best way to teach children how to express themselves and tell if something did happen.

A representative at Capital Regional provided some startling statistics.

Kelli Mercer of the Capital Regional Medical Center said that "Child sexual abuse is not rare. As many as one out of four girls and one out of six boys will be affected by abuse prior to the age of 18. Ninety percent of those victims actually knew their perpetrators."

Anyone wanting to learn more can come out to Capital Regional First Floor Classroom.

It starts at noon Wednesday and lasts about an hour.