Women’s Center Update: Preventing child abuse | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Women’s Center Update: Preventing child abuse

Sarah Utzig

What is C.A.P.? The Child Assault Prevention Program provides presentations to students in kindergarten and grades one, three, five, six, eight and nine in the Lake Tahoe Unified and Alpine County school districts. Last year, the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center conducted 123 presentations to 2,614 children participating in the C.A.P. Program. Each school is signed up for a different month, where teachers choose a day and time that is best for them. All presentations are conducted in the classroom.

All C.A.P. presentation material is reviewed and approved by the Family Life Committee, which is made up of parents, clergy and school district personnel. Through the C.A.P. Program, children receive age-appropriate information on child abuse, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse. They are taught to recognize what abuse is, how to safeguard themselves in frightening or dangerous situations and how to stop an already existing problem. Parent participation is encouraged through video preview and activities distributed to children to do at home.

C.A.P. provides vital information to children in a positive and non-threatening environment. Children are empowered and taught to feel good about themselves. It is important for them to know that they are in charge of their bodies, and that it is OK to say no. After these presentation children may disclose abusive situations they may be experiencing and we are able to provide services for them and their families.

If you have any questions regarding the C.A.P. Program or any of our services, please contact the Women’s Center at (530) 544-2118.

The South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center is located at 2941 Lake Tahoe Blvd. The building is financed with a 3 percent low-cost loan through the Rural Community Assistance Corporation.


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