What is Child Sexual Abuse?

Child sexual abuse is an illegal and cruel act against boys and girls under the age of 18. It exists in homes, schools, and communities across the globe. It spans economic and social classes, and can touch any family.

A Prevalent Childhood Trauma

One in ten children are currently estimated to experience sexual abuse before the age of 18. In Cass and Clay counties, there are 56,000 children aged 18 and under. These are the children we must protect from this silent and hidden epidemic.

Effects of Abuse

The impact that sexual abuse has on children is profoundly negative. Traumatic experiences can harm physical health, mental health, and behavioral health. Unaddressed child sexual abuse can often lead to drug and alcohol abuse, anxiety, depression, and learning difficulties. By saving just one girl, we prevent an average $282,734 in lifetime medical health expenses and lost wages.

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Stand to protect our children, strengthen our communities, and prevent child sexual abuse.

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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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