The Green Dot Violence Prevention Strategy is a national program that trains students, faculty, and staff in bystander intervention to help prevent instances of power-based personal violence (PBPV). PBPV is a form of violence where one individual asserts power, control, or intimidation over another to cause harm. This includes dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and harassment. When these moments of violence occur on our campus, they’re seen as red dots. A “Green Dot” is defined as any action, choice, word, or attitude that counters or displaces a “red dot” of violence, reducing the likelihood that someone will be hurt. This not only promotes safety for everyone in the Middlebury community, but also sends a clear message that we do not tolerate violence on our campus.
Everyone will be a bystander at some point. Green Dot encourages individuals (and gives them the tools) to make the choice to do something when that moment arises, helping to prevent violence from happening in our community. Green Dot works on the individual level to create cultural change. Momentum is created when individuals making small choices against violence see themselves acting in conjunction with others as part of something bigger. These small choices against violence then become the cultural norm, creating a community that does not tolerate and will not sustain violence.
When students matriculate at Middlebury, they pledge to “[cultivate] respect and responsibility for self, others, and our shared environment.” Students are pledging to live the Green Dot through our very own Community Standards. Green Dot training just expands the toolboxes to get more Green Dots onto our campus.
Twenty seven Middlebury College staff and faculty participated in a four day training to become Green Dot facilitators and have been working to bring Green Dot to the teams, offices, programs, and classrooms where they work.
To learn more about the national Green Dot program, visit www.livethegreendot.com.
A green dot is the moment it takes to make a choice to do something, anything to make it less likely that someone gets hurt or that shows the people around you that you don’t tolerate violence and are doing your part to prevent it.
• make bystander intervention or sexual violence the topic of a paper you do for class • bring a friend to an awareness event • if you choose to leave an event early, account for the people you came with • if someone needs your help and you don’t have an answer, contact your resources and find someone who does • if you see someone spike another person’s drink, stop them and call Public Safety • put a MiddSafe sticker on your door and talk about why you care about this issue • if someone appears upset, ask if they are okay • request a presentation from your local (WomenSafe) or campus (MiddSafe) advocacy program • if you hear derogatory language speak up and talk about why it’s not okay with you • be there for a friend •