What is Green Dot?
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.
Why Green Dot?
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.
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To learn more about the national Green Dot program, visit www.livethegreendot.com