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Published September 10, 2012, 08:31 PM

"Safer Tomorrows" Initiative Comes to Grand Forks County

Grand Forks County launched a multi-million-dollar initiative this week to cut down on child abuse, neglect and bullying. Grand Forks is one of only four test sites in the country for a new program initiated by the US Department of Justice.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ

Grand Forks County launched a multi-million-dollar initiative this week to cut down on child abuse, neglect and bullying. Grand Forks is one of only four test sites in the country for a new program initiated by the US Department of Justice.

The program is called Safer Tomorrows, and it's a collaboration of 40 local organizations. Over the next two years the city of Grand Forks will receive a $2 million grant to raise awareness about violence and bullying in our area. Launch week kicked off with a lunch and learn event on child abuse and neglect. The initiative is addressing a serious need in the community. In 2010 there were 808 children living in a violent home in Grand Forks and 55% of 4th and 5th graders in public schools say they've been bullied.

If you'd like more information on Safer Tomorrows, the website launches today. http://www.safertomorrows.com/

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