The Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project strives to empower children to be “Safe, Strong and Free”. Through education and prevention programs designed to increase children’s safety from bullying, abuse and assault, CAP is committed to breaking the cycle of abuse in our community.
Vision of the Future.
To accomplish this goal, CAP and its Board of Directors will:
- Reduce the vulnerability and susceptibility of children to assault and victimization through education and prevention programs.
- Remain committed to breaking the cycle of abuse
- Stay abreast of best practices and merging trends in research and abuse prevention
- Promote the belief that children are worthy of respect, have the right to protect their bodies and remain “safe, strong and free!”
- Teach children to recognize abuse, stay safe, and get help if they are being abused.
- Promote the belief that we are all responsible to empower children with strength and confidence
- Empower the community through outreach and education.
The CAP program was established in Columbus, Ohio in 1978 by Women Against Rape in response to the rape of a seven-year-old girl. Psychologists, educators, parents and children were involved in the development of a program that spread to many states and countries. In 1984, the Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project of Washoe County was established as a private, non-profit organization to address the growing concern of child abuse in Washoe County. CAP’s mission has expanded over the years, but has always included the empowerment of children and families, through increased knowledge and awareness, to act in ways that work to break the cycle of abuse. Locally, CAP is staffed by an executive director, workshop facilitators and community volunteers. CAP has an active board of directors committed to the CAP mission and philosophy.
Each school year CAP provides workshops to over 10,000 children and adults in our community. These workshops teach children to recognize and ward off abusive situations while giving them skills to protect themselves and get help in the event an abusive situation has already occurred.