Green Dot Strategy...
The Green Dot strategy is a comprehensive approach to the primary prevention of violence that capitalizes on the power of peer and cultural influence across all levels of the socio-ecological model. Informed by social change theory, the model targets all community members as potential agents of social change. It seeks to engage them, through awareness, education and skills-practice, in proactive behaviors that establish intolerance of violence as the norm, as well as reactive interventions in high-risk situations- resulting in the ultimate reduction of violence. Specifically, the program proposes to target socially influential individuals from across community subgroups. The goal is for these groups to engage in a basic education program that will equip them to integrate moments of prevention within existing relationships and daily activities. By doing so, new norms will be introduced and those within their sphere of influence will be significantly influenced to move from passive agreement that violence is wrong, to active intervention.
What's With The Green Dot?
Visualize for a moment that unforgettable image of small red dots spreading across a computer-generated map of the US, symbolizing the spread of some terrible epidemic- with each tiny red dot representing an individual case. With disturbing speed, the three or four single dots multiply and spread until the whole map emits a red glow comprised of a zillion tiny dots.
Now imagine for a moment a map of WKU. Each red dot on this map represents an act of power-based personal violence (partner violence, sexual violence, or stalking)- or a choice to tolerate, justify or perpetuate this violence. A red dot is a rape, a hit, a threat, a statement that justifies or minimizes the violence, an individual choice to do nothing in the face of a high risk situation... Power-based personal violence is not a huge, solid mass that can simply be removed with one swift action or policy. Rather,it is the accumulation of individual decisions, moments, values, and actions made by the men and women from every corner of our campus- students, faculty, staff and administrators. It's hard to know exactly how many red dots are on our map at any given moment - but we do know there have been enough red dots to create a culture that sustains far too many victims of violence.
Now imagine adding a green dot in the middle of all those red dots on our map. A green dot represents any behavior, choice, word, or attitude that promotes safety for all of us and communicates utter intolerance for any form of violence. A green dot is pulling a friend out of a high risk situation, responding to a victim-blaming statement with words of support, posting a message on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or sending a text message. How about coordinating a training for your student org, displaying an awareness poster in your office, wearing your green dot gear, striking up a conversation with a friend about how much this issue matters to you, writing a paper or giving a speech on violence prevention...
Start Doing Dots Today...
Green Dot is built on the premise that in order to measurably reduce the perpetration of power-based personal violence, a cultural shift is necessary. In order to create a cultural shift, a critical mass of people will need to engage in a new behavior or set of behaviors that will make violence less sustainable within any given community. The "new behavior" is a green dot.
A green dot is simply your individual choice at any given moment to make WKU a safer community.
Elizabeth Madariaga, M.A., LPCC
Sexual Assault Services Coordinator
Potter Hall 409
Be a Green Dot...
Green Dot is all about choices big and small that in the end create a culture less tolerant of violence. Find choices and Green Dots you are comfortable with:
- Speak up when you hear a victim-blaming statement
- Volunteer with organizations that help survivors of violence
- Make sure a friend who is drunk gets home safely
- Read the rest of this list
- Follow up with friends who are going through a rough time
- Learn the signs of unhealthy relationships
- Challenge jokes that minimize violence
- Call 911 when you see a potentially scary situation
- Challenge Red Dots
- Do what you feel comfortable doing to reduce violence on campus
- Learn warning signs of abusive relationships
- Refer your friends to resources when they need help
- Leave a party with the friends you came with
- Wear a Green Dot pin
- Stop using language that supports Power-Based Violence
- Support survivors of sexual assault
- Share this website with your friends
- Talk with friends and family about their important role as a bystander
- Attend a Green Dot overview presentation with your Residence Hall, Chapter House, or Student Group
- Invite Green Dot to present an overview to a group you are involved in
Green Dots for men...
- Tell a woman in your life that power-based personal violence matters to you.
- Ask women in your life how power-based personal violence has impacted them.
- Ask a man in your life how power-based personal violence has impacted him or someone he cares about.
- Have one conversation with one male friend or relative about the GREEN DOT.
- Ask a woman in your life what you can do to help take a stand against violence.
- Ask one male friend or relative what he thinks about power-based personal violence and what men could do to help stop it.
- Visit the Jackson Katz website (http://www.jacksonkatz.com/) and read "10 Things Men Can Do To End Gender Violence."
- Have a conversation with a younger man or boy who looks up to you about how important it is for men to help end violence.
- Google "men against violence" and read what men around the country are doing.
- If you suspect someone you care about is a victim of violence, gently ask if you can help.
- Attend an awareness event with three male friends.
- Organize a men's event to raise money to support violence prevention.
- Text your three best guy friends that you went to the Green Dot training and you want to talk to them about it.