CAP (Child Assault Prevention)
What is CAP?
The Child Assault Prevention (CAP) program exists to fight child abuse by providing information, prevention and intervention skills to children, parents and teachers. CAP workshops are classroom based, teaching how to prevent kidnapping, battering, molestation, neglect and all other forms of child abuse.
What makes the CAP program unique, is the philosophy that knowledge is power. We teach children the reality of abuse, for only then can they be prepared and comfortable in dealing with it.
Most people have believed for years that the typical molestation scene looks like this: a pig-tailed eight year old girl is skipping home from school one day when she is approached by a stranger—a dirty old man in a raincoat, with a beat up old car. He offers the little girl candy, or money, or a puppy, then whisks her away behind the school and assaults her.
In reality, boys are assaulted as well as girls. National statistics show that one in three girls and one in four boys will be assaulted before they reach the age of 18. The offender is a stranger only 20% of the time. 80% of all assaults are perpetrated by someone the child knows.
CAP is based on teaching children the realities of assault so that they can be better prepared to recognize and deal with potentially dangerous situations. Whether those situations are sexual assaults, physical abuse, or bully situations on the playground, the philosophy of CAP is to help children be less vulnerable.