CAP (Child Assault Prevention)
There are 3 role-plays, each done twice: the first time portraying a difficult situation children may find themselves in, and the second time using a similar situation, but adding assertiveness and preventive skills suggested by the children and facilitators so that the child resolves the situation successfully. After the completion of these 3 role-plays, one more is done, with the teacher portraying a trusted adult to whom a child goes to disclose any unsafe situation they may find themselves in.
Portrays a disagreement between two children in a playground situation. Teaches assertiveness and problem solving skills.
Portrays a stranger trying to lure a child using lies and tricks. Teaches the children to watch and listen for these tricks, to keep their distance, some self-defense skills and to remember the details needed to tell a trusted adult.
Known Adult Role-Play
Portrays a child with her uncle. The uncle uses a bribe to kiss his niece, and then makes her promise to keep it a secret. Defines the difference between safe and unsafe secrets, uses assertive skills, and enforces the importance of telling a trusted adult.
Role-playing is a method—grounded in theory and research—of exploring conflict, trying out different solutions, and gaining insights. The unsafe situations that are role-played in the program offer children exposure to such possibilities in a safe setting, where they can learn and practice alternative ways of dealing successfully with such occurrences.