What is a Green Dot?
A green dot is any behavior, choice, word, or attitude that promotes safety for everyone and communicates utter intolerance for rape, partner violence, and stalking. A green dot is intervening in a high risk situation in a way in which you feel comfortable. Remember the three D's of being an active bystander: Direct, Delegate, and Distract. Direct means stepping into a situation and directly handling it yourself. Delegate includes getting someone else involved, whether it is your friends or an indvididual in a position of authority such as a professor, the OEI office, the Title IX coordinator, and/or campus police. Distract is when you do not feel comfortable stepping in directly, but you can create some type of distraction or diversion to stop the violence from happening, break the tension or deescalate the situation, and/or providing time to get an indvidual help or to safety.
In short, a green dot is simply your individual choice at any given moment to make our campus safer! These choices and actions can be either proactive or reactive. A proactive green dot is an action or beahvior to prevent violence BEFORE it happens. Preventing that high risk siutation or instance of power-based violence. A reactive green dot is responding to violence or a high risk situation, intervening to stop the violence, or responding to the violence after the fact by providing support for the survivor. Below are some examples of proactive and reactive green dots you can choose to employ on campus.
Proactive Green Dots
- Have conversations about ending power-based personal violence and the importance of intervening in potentially high-risk situations with your friends
- Wear your green dot gear
- Write a paper or class assignment on power-based personal violence prevention
- Look out for friends at parties, bars, online, and in other high-risk situations
- Attend power-based personal violence prevention events
- Educate yourself about power-based personal violence and what you can do about it
- Believe that power-based personal violence is unacceptable and say it out loud
- Work to bring a green dot education program to your class, group, team, or organization
- Volunteer with your local service providers, such as Green Dot at EKU or Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center
- Check in with friends if you are concerned about their safety and connect them to help
- Put green dot information on your social media pages and your email signature line
- Display a green dot cling on your window
- Tell other people about your green dots
- Talk to your friends about consent and how they should wait until their partner verbalizes his/her feelings
- Talk about green dots to one new person each week
Reactive Green Dots
- If I suspect that my friend is in an abusive relationship, I ask her/him and provide information about available resources
- If I suspect a friend has been sexually assaulted, I let her/him know I am here if they want to talk
- If I hear someone yelling and fighting, I call 911
- If I see someone spike another person’s drink, I stop them, inform the recipient, and call police or get someone else to
- If I see a friend grab, push, or insult a potential victim, I say something, go get help, or get someone else to
- If I see a stranger grab, push, or insult someone, I say something or go get help or get someone else to
- If I see a friend take an intoxicated person up the stairs, I stop and ask what is going on – or create a distraction to interrupt the situation
- If someone appears upset, I ask if they are okay
- If I see hurtful information about someone I know online, I tell them about it
- If I notice someone has a large bruise, I ask how they were hurt
- If I see a person sexually assaulting another person, I intervene
- If I hear about or see people bullying someone online, I intervene
- If I choose to leave a party early, I account for the people I came with
- If someone needs my help and I don’t have the answer, I tap my resources and find someone who does
- I work to ensure organizations I am involved in collaborate with prevention efforts on campus.
- If I hear what sounds like yelling or fighting through my dorm or apartment walls, I talk with an RA or someone else who can help
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