WEST FARGO, N.D. — Nearly 250 bikers rallied Sunday, Aug. 23, around a Fargo girl who was a victim of sexual abuse.

The motorcyclists rode for 6-year-old Natalee Strubbe, who was sexually assaulted by her babysitter two years ago, and all children who have been abused.

Along with riding, each biker was encouraged to donate to the Red River Children's Advocacy Center.

Rosa Strubbe, Natalee's mother, said she's glad to spread her daughter's message in any kind of way.

"As her mom, I can't imagine what she went through in those five hours, and the pain and the terror that she felt, so this was important to me to spread awareness," Strubbe said. "This is not a subject people like to talk about."

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Natalie Strubbe, 6, poses with a biker who was participating in the 2nd annual "Ride with Natalee" event before taking off. Tanner Robinson / WDAY
Natalie Strubbe, 6, poses with a biker who was participating in the 2nd annual "Ride with Natalee" event before taking off. Tanner Robinson / WDAY

Throughout the day Sunday, bikers raised nearly $11,000 for the advocacy center, and Strubbe said she was also impressed by the number of bikers who came by to help teach the public about the issue.

"With education we can catch more pedophiles, (and) we can catch more rapists," she said. "We feel like if we shine a light into the darkness, they can't hide in the shadows anymore."

Strubbe added she hopes to see more than 300 bikers for next year's event.