Much past sexual abuse prevention has been directed at teaching children to resist and tell adults about wrong behavior.
This education continues to be critically important. Yet, perpetrators of child sexual abuse use profound manipulation to enforce secrecy, overpowering abilities a child might have to disclose.
Stand to Protect arose in Fargo-Moorhead in 2015 from a need to sharpen adult resources, so they have real help to be wise parents and protectors. Many agencies helped research and clarify steps adults can take to reduce risk for child sexual abuse.
Today’s curriculum is groundbreaking for its clarity in teaching adults how to take action and help others do the same. They’ll be a source of knowledge for others to join in facing down child sexual abuse.
Stand to Protect seeks to end child abuse in Cass and Clay counties with multi-layer strategy. In Community training settings, we teach adults about the people and situations where children are more vulnerable. We help organizations build protection into policies and daily practices.
Anne Carlsen Center
Cass County Juvenile Court
Clay County and Cass County sheriff’s departments
Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo police departments
Fargo Public Schools
Juvenile Court Systems
Minnesota lawmakers Paul Marquart, Ben Lein, and Kent Eken
Moorhead Public Schools
North Dakota lawmakers Kathy Hogan and Judy Lee
North Dakota States Attorney Birch Burdick
Rape & Abuse Crisis Center
Sanford Treatment Collaborative for Traumatized Youth (formerly NRI)
Sexual Abuse Treatment Program
Southeast Human Services Center
South East Educational Cooperative
UND Department of Psychology and Behavioral Science
United Way of Cass Clay
West Fargo Parks
West Fargo Public Schools
YMCA of Cass and Clay
This committee has shaped this prevention education and will continually drive new messages, fresh approaches, and relevant resources into our community.