Brainerd YMCA takes part in 5 Days of Action to prevent child sex abuse

The Brainerd Family YMCA is at South Sixth and Oak streets and promotes "youth development, healthy living and social responsibility." Frank Lee / Brainerd Dispatch

Brainerd Family YMCA is participating in the Five Days of Action, Oct. 26-30. The Five Days of Action is a week designed to raise awareness and inspire adults to take action to protect children from sexual abuse.

The Brainerd Family YMCA encourages adults and organizations in the community to play a vital role in making the Brainerd lakes area a safer place for children, especially during this ever-changing environment. As communities continue to press pause and participate in social distancing, organizers know that protecting kids looks different this year. Not only is the community dealing with a pandemic that is separating kids in need from the safe adults in their lives, but there are spikes in domestic violence, cries for social justice for Black lives, and more concerns about the mental health of youth and adults.

Five Days of Action is intended to help communities and parents and caregivers take it one day at a time and will offer tips, tools, activities, and resources that are relevant to the current environment.

When adults know how abuse happens, see the warning signs, and respond quickly to prevent abuse, they foster a culture of child abuse prevention. Together, we can bring awareness to the issue of child sexual abuse in our communities and have important conversations around how we can all work together to prevent it from happening.

“Protecting children from sexual abuse must be the number one goal of every person who cares about the health and well-being of kids,” Shane Riffle, the ceo of Brainerd Family YMCA, stated in a news release. “Together, we can stand up to demand that children are protected and encourage adults to make it happen in our community. It takes all of us.”


Crow wing County social services intake for reporting:

If a child is in immediate danger call 911. Otherwise call Child Protective Services at 218-824-1140 and ask to speak to someone in Child Protection Intake. You can also email using:, fax: 218-824-1305, or mail: PO Box 686, Brainerd, MN 56401.

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