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Prevention and education

We must all acknowledge the problem of sexual abuse and work together to create safe communities for children. The Sanford Health Dakota Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) provides a vital community service by offering prevention, education and community awareness presentations on relevant and vital child safety issues.  While there is no one thing we can do to guarantee our children will be safe from sexual abuse, there are things we can do to decrease the likelihood of abuse. In order to protect children from sexual abuse, both children and adults need to be educated. Our trained facilitators offer these training to professional, parents and youth serving organizations across North Dakota. The crime of sexual abuse is real.

One out of four girls and one out of six boys will be sexually abused
before their 18th birthdays. —Child Maltreatment 2006 report


Happiest Baby on the Block class

Half of all babies cry and fuss more than two hours a day. Their prolonged crying can trigger exhaustion, breastfeeding failure, marital stress, maternal depression and ultimately child abuse. The DCAC has certified trainers for The Happiest Baby on the Block which teaches expecting or new parents extraordinary techniques for calming fussy babies and helping them sleep longer. Find out more»

My Body Belongs to Me

Teaches preschool children about OK and not-OK touches, saying no and telling and taking care of their bodies because their bodies belong to them. Sexual offenders take advantage of a child’s lack of knowledge about their body and sexual abuse. “My Body Belongs to Me” helps make kids less vulnerable to sexual abuse by educating them.

Safe Environments Trainings

Children should be given tools of prevention including age-appropriate information about child abuse, a desire to protect themselves, and the power to tell the truth to adults. Safe Environments Training offer school age kids information and skills to keep their bodies safe. We offer programs for grades K-3, 4-6, 7-8 and 9-12. 

Stewards of Children

This is a revolutionary, interactive, evidence-based child sexual abuse prevention training program developed by Darkness to Light, a national child sexual abuse prevention organization. Stewards of Children educates adults to take simple, proactive steps to protect children from sexual abuse, including how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly. The DCAC has facilitators trained in Stewards of Children.


Child Abuse and Neglect—Should I Report This?

This is a 60-minute training on mandated reporting that introduces the topic of child abuse and guides participants through the process of making a report of suspected child abuse and neglect.

Child Sexual Abuse—Once Can Hurt a Lifetime

This is a 90-minute training that defines child sexual abuse and it’s prevalence and discusses prevention.

Overview of Child Abuse

A 90-minute training that examines all aspects of child abuse from a medical perspective.

Pediatric Sexual Abuse

This is a 60-minute training that discusses the incidence, medical evaluation and care for sexual abuse.

Understanding Children’s Sexual Behaviors

It can be difficult to decide when sexual behavior is normal and healthy and when it is a sign of some distress or disturbance. “Understanding Children’s Sexual Behavior” is a one hour training that introduces you to natural and healthy sexual behaviors that children under 12 may engage in. It also discusses characteristics of problematic sexual behaviors in young children.

If your organization or agency is interested in receiving any of these trainings, or you would like the DCAC to customize training for you, please contact the DCAC at 701.323.5728 or email .

The DCAC also has ongoing events and classes open to MDT members and the community.
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