Child Sexual Abuse has no boundaries. It is deeply embedded cross culturally, spans economic and social classes and can touch any family. Childhood sexual abuse exists in our homes, schools, and communities. One in 10 children are currently estimated to experience sexual abuse before the age of 18. In Cass and Clay counties, that is 5,146 kids. And yet, incidents are grossly under-reported because sexual abuse exists as a silent and hidden epidemic. Abuse occurs and goes undetected.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
The CDC confirms that survivors are more likely to engage in high-risk health behaviors. Over 70% of sexually abused boys report excessive drug and alcohol use. Female victims are three times more likely to become pregnant before they turn 18, and 90% of youth engaged in commercial sex exploitation had been sexually abused.Take the Pledge
The social, health, and economic impacts cause concern for our community; yet citizens are unaware that they, the tax payers, bear the majority of the costs. All the negative impacts are preventable if we can stop abuse from happening in the first place. Education on preventing child sexual abuse can and will thrive in our community.Take the Pledge
Join the Movement
The Pledge to Protect is a community movement engaging every citizen in prevention. We will raise awareness, reduce risk, and create a safer and healthier future for our children. If you believe every child deserves to go to bed every night feeling safe, please join us.Take the Pledge
Pledge to Protect was born out of the Coalition to End Child Abuse in Cass and Clay counties, a group of community leaders that joined to mobilize the entire community to end child sexual abuse.
Cass County Juvenile Court
Cass County Social Services
Community Violence Intervention Center
Dakota Medical Foundation
Fargo Police Department
Fargo Public Schools
Lutheran Social Services
Moorhead Police Department
Moorhead Public Schools
Neuropsychiatric Research Institute
Rape and Abuse Crisis Center
Red River Children’s Advocacy Center
Sexual Abuse Treatment Program
State’s Attorney’s Office
UND Psychiatry & Behavioral Science
United Way of Cass Clay
West Fargo Police Department
West Fargo Public Schools
YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties
YWCA Cass Clay