What is Green Dot?

  • Green Dot is a comprehensive violence prevention program. Its objective is to decrease the likelihood of dating/domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault occurring on our campus.
  • A population of SU Faculty/Staff completed a 40 hour Green Dot training in August 2019 in order to become certified Green Dot trainers.
  • After a spring pilot period we are excited to launch Green Dot across campus in the Fall of 2020.  

Definitions to Know

  • Bystander: Anyone in the community who sees or hears about a behavior that could lead to something high risk or harmful. Every bystander faces the same choice, “Do I get involved and try to make things better or do I ignore the situation?”
  • Power Based Personal Violence: Forms of violence that use power, control, and/or intimidation in order to harm another.
  • Stalking: a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
  • Dating/Domestic Violence: A pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Dating/Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats that influence another person.
  • Sexual Assault: Any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient.
  • Barriers: Things that stop us from getting involved. Barriers can be social, relationship, personal, or physical.

Green and Red Dots

  • Red Dot: A moment in time where someone’s words, choices, or actions contribute to Power-Based Personal Violence in some way.
    • Examples:
      • The choice to have sex with someone without their consent
      • The choice to continue to text/call/message someone after being asked to stop
      • The choice to physically harm another person
  • Green Dot: A moment in time where someone’s words, choices, or actions reduce the likelihood that someone will be harmed by violence or proactively communicate an intolerance for violence.
    • Proactive vs Reactive
      • Reactive Green Dots are things that are done in response to a potential red dot.
        • Examples:
          • The choice to directly ask a friend to stop incessantly texting an ex.
          • The choice to create a distraction by setting off a car alarm in a parking lot where one person is screaming at another in an intimidating manner.
          • The choice to call on a friend or peer to help you get a friend to safety that is being bothered at a party.
      • Proactive Green Dots are things you can do every day in your life that express your commitment to Green Dot and ending violence on our campus.
        • Examples:
          • The choice to post a message on social media about why bystander intervention is important.
          • The choice to encourage friends to attend a Green Dot training.
          • The choice to role model to incoming students and peers that power-based personal violence is not okay with you.

The 3 Ds

  • Direct: Directly inserting yourself into a potential red dot situation and stopping it by addressing those who are involved.
    • Examples:
      • Asking someone who seems uncomfortable or unsure if they are ok.
      • Checking in with someone who appears overly intoxicated and offering to get them home safely
      • Telling your friends that you think their joke about sexual assault is offensive.
  • Delegate: If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable stepping in yourself, getting someone to intervene for you who might be more equipped or better able to handle the situation.
    • Examples:
      • Calling Public Safety when you see a couple arguing loudly
      • Informing a professor, RA, or administrator about a friend who reported to you that their partner is being violent with them
      • Asking your roommate to check on a friend who keeps missing class
  • Distract: Defusing a potential red dot by distracting those involved and interrupting the choice to make a red dot.
    • Examples:
      • Breaking up a heated argument by pretending your phone battery is dead and asking to borrow someone’s in the argument
      • Accidentally spilling a drink on the guy who keeps forcing your drunk friend to dance with him.
      • Setting off your car alarm in a parking lot where two people are fighting.

Recognizing These Warning Signs

  • Isolating someone from their friend group
  • Incessant texting—person receiving message seems anxious or upset by this
  • Consistently showing up outside of classes without being asked to
  • Unwanted touching or contact
  • Pressuring to consume alcohol or other drugs
  • Monitoring of partners emails/texts/calls
  • Behavior changes:
    • Becoming withdrawn
    • Emotional outbursts/mood swings
    • Missing classes
    • Canceling activities

You can access 24/7 confidential counseling through Transitions of PA. An advocate is available in the VIP Center during business hours. Click here for additional resources.  

  • Sport our #ProtectTheNest around campus with logos on your laptop, posters, e-mail signature graphics or with Zoom meeting backgrounds. 
  • Faculty and staff, learn more about Green Dot with this Faculty & Staff Toolkit.
  • Ask the student orgs you participate in to spend the first five minutes of each meeting discussing a situation of harm and crowdsource intervention techniques from the group.
  • Encourage your friends, family, teammates, etc. to get trained.
  • Sit on our implementation team to help us plan action events or market the program across campus.
  • Volunteer to help staff an action event on campus. Volunteer to help our trainers facilitate training sessions across campus.

Coming soon!

Have you seen someone making a choice to help intervene in a potential situation of harm or working to make their community safer? Pin it on our map and let us know about it!