We are at a crossroads in our nation in the discussion of power-based personal violence. In our own community, the numbers of adults and teens who experience violence is astounding.
A very poignant example is the recent outpouring of support for an African American teen who experienced racist bullying as he walked down Mill Street. Community members who were moved and outraged by what happened organized the Love Walk in response.
Those who attended the Love Walk kept asking one another “why did no one help him?” The answer is simple: most people want to help—they just don’t know how.
What is Green Dot?
Green Dot explains why people do not respond and teaches easily implemented solutions to interpersonal violence that fit each person’s comfort and safety level. It is only when people have the tools to safely intervene that we can create a culture of active bystanders that promote intolerance for violence.
A red dot represents an act of power-based personal violence or a choice to tolerate, justify or perpetuate this violence. A red dot is a threat, a hit, a rape, a statement that justifies or minimizes the violence, an individual choice to do nothing. Power-based personal violence is not a huge, solid mass 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 community. Partner violence, stalking, sexual violence and bullying are like red dots covering a map, much like an epidemic spreading out of control if not stopped. Each person has the ability to create change by actions that replace red dots.
A green dot is any behavior, choice, word, or attitude that promotes safety for everyone and communicates utter intolerance for any type of abuse. 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 social media or sending a text message. It could be coordinating a training for students, displaying an awareness poster in your office, wearing green dot gear, striking up a conversation with a friend about how much this issue matters to you, writing an editorial or giving a talk on violence prevention.
Our Goal – Increase Community Reach
Our goal is to make Green Dot a sustainable community program in 2018. In order to achieve this, we need to bring Green Dot trainers from Virginia to Nevada County to provide the 32-hour facilitator training for up to 50 community leaders such as coaches, ministers, counselors, law enforcement, teachers, elected officials, business owners, or anyone who is passionate about providing this free prevention education to others in our community.
These community certified facilitators would then provide 6-hour Green Dot Bystander Trainings to the people they influence or interact with in their lives. To make this happen, we need community members and organizations like you to help us raise $15,000 to bring the trainers here. We need $3,750 to schedule a date.
Why Green Dot?
The Green Dot mission is simple—to see fewer people hurt by power-based personal violence. The program targets all community members as potential agents of social change. 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. These “new behaviors” create a community of green dots.
The Centers for Disease Control funded study evaluated Green Dot Bystander Intervention in 26 high schools over 5 years and confirmed that Green Dot for High Schools reduces rates of sexual abuse, dating violence, stalking, and other interpersonal violence by a statistically significant percentage; this is now replicated within colleges and communities.
Help Us Bring Green Dot Training To Our Community
If you, your business or organization want to sponsor a portion of this one-time cost or want to be part of this vision for a safer community, please contact Nancy Ramsey, Executive Director of Programs at Community Beyond Violence at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (530) 272-2046. You can also donate directly to our $15,000 goal through the donate button below.