Because the average age of child sexual assault victims in the U.S. is three to four years old, we have designed our Pre-School CAP program for children as young as three years of age. We strongly believe in introducing prevention education to children as soon as they can cognitively understand the concepts of bully assault, stranger abduction and sexual assault by a known person. Through a series of role-playing and guided group discussions, taught at an age-appropriate level, pre-schoolers learn about their rights to be “Safe, Strong and Free.” They also learn how to exercise their rights should anyone try to violate those rights.
The Pre-School CAP program is taught in 40-minute sessions over two consecutive days. Click on any of the days below to see what will be covered:
The first session begins with a discussion of each child’s individual rights to be Safe, Strong & Free. We then talk about how to identify bullying behavior and what to do if another child is behaving aggressively towards you. We then move on to a discussion about stranger awareness and safety. Using toddler sized puppets, our facilitators talk about some basic safety rules for children to remember whenever they are playing outside. We focus specifically on skills to use with “people they don’t know.” Additionally, the children are introduced to some basic escape skills and the concept of “Run, Yell, Go, Tell!” should a stranger try to bother them or lure them away.
On the second day, we review the previous day’s lessons and discuss safe and unsafe touches and kisses. Singing together the song “Heads and Shoulders, Knees and Toes,” we emphasize that all of a child’s body parts have the right to be “Safe, Strong and Free.” Next, through role plays and guided group discussions, we teach children that no one has the right to touch or kiss them in a way that makes them feel sad, mad, confused or unsafe.
At the conclusion of each day, facilitators review the lessons and invite the children to ask questions or voice any concerns. During that time, a particular child may disclose information regarding an unsafe personal situation. Should a child divulge abuse, we would take the necessary steps to report that information to the teacher and to the appropriate authorities. We want to make sure everything possible is done to help and protect that child.