Reflections from the CAP Director: On the Larry Nassar Trials
SAFE • STRONG • FREE
Sometimes parents, grandparents and others who take care of young children are initially afraid to talk with them about abuse and assault. They worry they might say the wrong thing. They worry they may frighten their children. We think it doesn’t hurt to be a little cautious. We need to talk with our children about difficult issues like abuse, but it’s important to do it right. With the help of CAP, we believe doing it right is not that hard.
The Child Assault Prevention Program (CAP) has been teaching Needham elementary school children simple strategies to reduce their vulnerability to verbal, physical and sexual assault and violence for over 20 years. Through age appropriate guided discussions and role plays, the interactive workshops teach the children basic skills with emphasis placed on assertiveness, peer support, and turning to trusted adults for assistance.
CAP volunteer Prevention Specialists present classroom workshops in teams of three. They come from a variety of backgrounds and are required to attend 21 hours of training prior to presenting CAP workshops. After the training, volunteers are asked to commit to 2-3 workshops (4-6 hours per month) for a minimum of one school year. Continuing education credits are available to social workers who attend the training and make the one year commitment.
Community outreach and support
CAP provides education to adults in the community to help them respond to children who need their help and to help support their problem solving strategies. We also provide community education programs for adult groups upon request.
We invite you to learn more about the CAP program or about becoming a CAP volunteer by calling Needham CAP at 781-444-2415, x 2120 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org We look forward to hearing from you.
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