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. 

Supporting Agencies

Anne Carlsen Center

Cass County Juvenile Court


Childcare Aware

Clay County and Cass County sheriff’s departments

Essentia Health

Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo police departments

Fargo Parks

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 Health

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


Steering Committee

  • Red River Children’s Advocacy Center (RRCAC)
  • Cass County Social Services
  • Clay County Social Services
  • Dakota Medical Foundation
  • Prevent Child Abuse ND

This committee has shaped this prevention education and will continually drive new messages, fresh approaches, and relevant resources into our community.

Subject Expert Review

  • Nicola Herting, PhD, Mental Health Director and Licensed Clinical Psychologist, RRCAC
  • Anna Frissell, Executive Director RRCAC
  • Chip Ammerman, Director, Cass County Social Services
  • Rhonda Porter, Director, Clay County Social Services
  • Others from these same agencies

Based at Dakota Medical Foundation
4141 28th Avenue South Fargo, ND 58104  |  (701) 271-0263

About Stand to Protect

We focus on adult education surrounding child sexual abuse prevention in Cass and Clay counties.

Perpetrators of child sexual abuse use profound manipulation to enforce secrecy, often overpowering abilities a child might have to disclose. We help adults see common abuser behaviors and learn 10 protection steps that empower kids, bring greater safety and lower risk. We teach through powerful and positive one-hour sessions at youth organizations, businesses, churches, schools, PTAs, service clubs or community settings.

This content is based upon evidence in research literature and shaped by collective experiences of Red River Children’s Advocacy Center, Cass and Clay County Social Services, Prevent Child Abuse ND, and Sanford Center for Biobehavioral Research. Leadership for the collaborative work of Stand to Protect is provided by Dakota Medical Foundation. 

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