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Sarah Guggisberg, left, is shown with her son, Jacob. Guggisberg is seeking state and federal legislation that will assure that both parents are informed when there is an investigation of sexual abuse involving their children. (Submitted photo)

Clara City, Minn., mother campaigns for parental notification after son's abuse goes unreported to her


CLARA CITY -- Like so many young victims of sexual abuse, Jacob Gould kept it secret.

For four years.

"I wasn't aware of anything until 2009, Easter Sunday he came to me and told me,'' said his mother, Sarah Guggisberg of Clara City.

Guggisberg immediately contacted the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office. At age 6, Jacob was abused by an 11-year-old boy while Jacob visited his father on weekends in Cottonwood. The perpetrator was a neighbor of his father.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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