Green Dot is a bystander intervention and violence prevention program set to reduce power-based personal violence (stalking, dating/partner/intimate violence and sexual assault) on our campus and in our community. One goal of Green Dot is to shift the campus culture to reflect two new campus norms; 1) Violence is not tolerated on our campus. 2) Everyone is expected to do their part to help. Green Dot was launched on Missouri State’s campus Fall 2016 by the direction of Jenay Lamy, Green Dot coordinator and Jill Patterson, Title IX Coordinator.
Green Dot summary:
Now imagine a map…it could be your neighborhood, hometown or community.
Imagine one RED DOT appears on your map, just like in the movies.
Then, this one RED DOT starts to multiply and start to appear on your map.
These RED DOTS symbolize actions, choices, behaviors or attitudes that cause harm to another person.
GREEN DOTS are small moments when someone makes the choice to try and stop a red dot from occurring.
GREEN DOTS do not have to be a big thing.
A GREEN DOT can be letting someone know you care and pointing them to resources.
When GREEN DOTS outnumber the RED DOTS, violence is reduced.
You can do GREEN DOTS everyday even if you never see a RED DOT.
Talking points with your student:
1) Ask open ended questions about respect and communication.
2) Ask your student, “What is a Bystander?” “Is there a difference between an active or passive bystander?”
3) Ask your student what stops them from intervening (barriers) and explore options that they are comfortable with.
a. Be Direct – intervening directly into a situation
b. Delegate – get someone else to intervene or call the police
c. Distract – cause a diversion or distraction
A safe campus is a successful campus. What’s your Green Dot?
(submitted by Jenay Lamy, Green Dot Coordinator)