Mother of kidnapped child speaks about preventing abuse

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Mercy’s Child Advocacy Center held a “Protecting Families Conference” today to educate medical personnel and the public on how to recognize and prevent child abuse.

The key speaker of the event was Patty Wetterling whose son, Jacob, was kidnaped in Minnesota in 1989.

Wetterling spent nearly 27 years waiting on the truth of what happened to Jacob.  Today, she shared her story of working with hundreds of families in similar situations.

Wetterling says the most important thing she’s learned is that the problem is much bigger than just her story.

“We are Jacob’s hope, but we are also the hope of other missing children and all the kids home safe today, that they can grow up safe and follow their dreams. I think it’s achievable. It’s going to take a lot of work, but there’s a lot more good people than bad,” says Wetterling.

Wetterling now works as an advocate for lost children and children that have undergone trauma. She believes the more people educated about the problem, the better the chance of solving it.

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