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Moorhead Man Arrested for Sexual Assault of Children

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A 20-year-old Moorhead man is in custody at the Clay County Jail after being accused of sexually assaulting two children.

Police arrested Jessee Graham last night for allegedly assaulting two victims under the age of 13.

"That person's being charged with two counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of second degree criminal conduct," says Lieutenant Tory Jacobson of the Moorhead Police Department.

They believe Graham was a friend of the one of the children's parents.

Coordinator of Sexual Assault Services and the Wellness Education Program Lynn Peterson works at the MSUM Hendrix Health Center with students who have been victims of sexual assault. She says although it's good to practice safe habits when you're out, most sexual assault cases happen with people we know.

"We kind of give people the idea that somehow they're going to know this person's an assailant...and we don't. They could be a friend, a neighbor, it can be a stranger, it can be one of your students in a class," says Peterson

Peterson says she tells people to trust their gut.

"If that little sixth sense is telling you that you're uncomfortable in that situation, don't dismiss it. Believe that something is making you uncomfortable and go with it. Call a friend, leave the situation," she says.

Peterson says one way to make leaving easier is the "Circle of Six" app. You choose six friends. When you're feeling uncomfortable, you can send a message for them to call you or pick you up.

"Your GPS on your phone will tell them your location," she says.

Peterson says if you're a victim of sexual assault, it's important to get to a safe place and get medical assistance.

Lt. Jacobson says if you ever see or experience something suspicious, contact law enforcement immediately.

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