What's Your Green Dot?
What will be your Green Dot moment?
Green Dot is built on the premise that 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. The "new behavior" is a green dot.
On a large college campus, Sarah steps onto an elevator to find two young men attempting to coerce an intoxicated female student into getting off on their all-male floor. Just as the drunk girl is about to step off the elevator with the two men, Sarah touches her arm and simply says "This is the all-guys floor. Why don't you let me get you back to your room."
Using "Green Dots for Men" as his guide, Alfred, a local police officer, strikes up a conversation with his son on the car ride home about men's powerful role in preventing violence
Stopped at a red light, Mark notices a physical altercation in the car next to him. The male driver is grabbing his female passenger and yelling. When the light turns green, Mark pauses long enough to let the car pull in front, writes down the license plate numbers, and calls the cops to make a report.
Sandy notices a disturbance at a dance club. A woman appears to be getting increasing aggressive toward her girlfriend. Sandy keeps her eyes on the couple, while gathering some additional friends for support. They stay close until the situation calms, then several of them approach the apparent victim to check in and see if she needs additional help
Meghan is pulling out of the driveway of an apartment complex where she was visiting friends, and notices a "creepy" guy hanging out nearby. She lingers long enough to try and figure out who the guy is and where he is going, but he doesn't leave and her gut is telling her he doesn't belong there. Though she is in a hurry, she stops by the police station on the way to share her concerns. At first, they appear to minimize her report, stating that the incident is happening outside of their jurisdiction. Meghan persists until the police leave to investigate.
Kristen is watching a TV show with her guy friends when she sees something see feels is dismissive and objectionable to women. Despite some initial reluctance, she voices her opinion. At first a couple of the guys give her a hard time but then Pete speaks up and agrees with her. The other guys take note, and a conversation ensues.
The individuals who are responsible for these single green dot moments are not rare,
unique individuals - but merely informed and motivated.
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