Stand to Protect

‘Stand to Protect’ working to prevent child sexual abuse in Cass & Clay counties

The local organization is aiming to end what some call an invisible health crisis

FARGO, N.D. — It’s a shocking statistic that’s hard to hear. According to the National Children’s Advocacy Center, one in 10 children will be sexually abused before turning 18. In Cass and Clay counties, that’s more than 5,000 kids impacted by sexual abuse. Growing up in rural Cass County, young Leslie Brunette was accompanied by fear and manipulation for years….

Local organization trains community on preventing child sexual abuse

Stand to Protect launched its education pilot program in 2019

FARGO, N.D. — Some say child sexual abuse is an invisible health crisis happening all around us. Last year alone, the Red River Children’s Advocacy Center conducted more than 350 forensic interviews with children who were sexually abused in the region. According to local experts, only 16 percent of victims report their sexual abuse during childhood, and the effects of…