Kentucky rape crisis centers and allies have adopted the Green Dot violence prevention initiative,a primary prevention strategy that aims to reduce and eliminate all forms of sexual violence.
A GREEN DOT is any behavior, choice, word, or attitude that counters or displaces a red-dot of violence – by promoting safety for everyone and communicating utter intolerance for sexual violence, interpersonal violence, stalking and child abuse.
So what does a green dot look like? It could be displaying a prevention poster at your workplace or school, attending a community awareness event, or speaking up when you hear sexist jokes. Green Dot has been described as bringing “a renewed sense of hope that the collective impact of individual actions can indeed result in a reduction of violence.
From every corner of the state, men and women are committing to add their single green dot to our Kentucky map. Adding a green dot will increase community safety for everyone. If each of us adds our own green dot(s), we can collectively take action to decrease or even eliminate sexual violence – one green dot at a time.
Eileen Recktenwald (Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, Executive Director) recently wrote: “We are hopeful that over time, the data will show that this program does effectively reduce the perpetration of violence. We are hopeful that we will honor our past work by moving to a brave new future. In this unprecedented time of hope and healing in our nation’s history, we believe that it is possible to end sexual violence.”
As Green Dot spreads throughout the state, we encourage you to become a Green Dot bystander by taking the pledge.
I pledge to…
- Find a way to intervene in any situation that feels potentially high risk for violence.
- Regularly and visibly endorse the values of safety, victim support, and intolerance of all forms of violence.
- Change anything I may be doing that contributes to sexual, physical, and stalking violence.
- Support and encourage the men and women in my life to take responsibility for ending all forms of violence.
- Believe and support women, children and men who have experienced any form of violence.