"As a policy leader, as a father, as a man, I realized that I have a responsibility to champion prevention. I can, and I need to, make
a difference."
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~ Jim McDonough, Ramsey County Commissioner

Community Primary Prevention Partnerships: Moorhead, MN


Rape and Abuse Crisis center of Fargo/Moorhead LogoMobilizing Community to Change the Environment

In Moorhead, the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo-Moorhead is engaging community leaders in community projects designed to build ownership in creating a community free of sexual violence. They are also presenting a healthy relationships curriculum to middle and high school students in two districts.

For more information, please contact Dayna Olson or Kathy Smith.

Mission Statement

        • Engage leaders from Moorhead and surrounding communities to work together in creating a prevention plan that fits the unique needs of our community
        • Provide education to community leaders, professionals, and members of the general community on the issues of intimate partner and sexual violence along with effective ways to prevent these issues
        • Work with middle and high school students to Increase knowledge of healthy relationships


Project Overview

Change the social norms within our community to reduce sexual violence by:

        • Engaging an eclectic group of community leaders to become prevention champions within our community. We continue to work with them to develop and implement primary prevention strategies.
        • Delivering a healthy relationships curriculum to middle and high school students in Moorhead, Dilworth, and Glyndon.


Lessons Learned

    1. Providing training and streamlining the onboarding process for new members who are joining the committee is important.
    2. Prevention work can truly unite a highly diverse group of individuals.
    3. Trust the process – guiding prevention work with a community organized committee sometimes feels like standing in the eye of a powerful storm; it’s a space of complete stability and centeredness, holding the vision and the space for it to grow while everything around it appears to be chaotic and completely out of our control (in the best of ways). It sometimes feels like everything can fall apart at any minute, and being willing to let it go - without giving up if it does - is essential. From this space, incredible creation happens…people step in and step up, ideas expand, excitement grows, and as this happens big visions that are realized as events and projects can become even more than what we originally thought possible on our own.


Why It's Needed

"Sometimes it’s felt like prevention was just up to one person to make the change, but at the Summit it felt more like a community responsibility." - Sarah Dodd, Summit Planner 


Community Partners

        • Changing Our Environment Committee
        • Minnesota State University Moorhead
        • Pride Collective and Community Center


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