Kentucky implements a statewide prevention strategy called Green Dot
. The Green Dot strategy is a comprehensive approach to violence prevention that capitalizes on the power of peer and cultural influence. The model targets all community members as potential bystanders, and seeks to engage them through awareness, education, and skills-practice, in proactive behaviors that establish intolerance of violence as the norm.
We utilize Green Dot as our statewide prevention strategy because it works
. A study
conducted from 2010-2014, led by the UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women (CRVAW), found that there was a 50% reduction in sexual violence perpetration in Kentucky high schools that were implementing Green Dot.
A green dot is an individual action, choice, word, or attitude that promotes safety or displaces a “red dot.” A red dot is a moment in time where someone’s words, choices, or actions contribute to or tolerate violence in some way. Filling your community with green dots reduces the likelihood that someone will be hurt. Green dots not only promote safety for everyone in Kentucky, but also send a clear message:
- Power-based personal violence is not okay; and
- Everyone is expected to do their part.
Currently, Green Dot is being implemented by 17 local prevention educators in 25 high schools across the state.
Green dots you can do today:
- Bring Green Dot to a high school in your community by contacting your local Rape Crisis Center [hyperlink to page with Rape Crisis Centers].
- Support prevention efforts in your community by contacting your local Rape Crisis Center. You can volunteer for Green Dot at your local high school, have a prevention educator speak about Green Dot at your business or workplace, or receive Green Dot posters and materials to distribute in your community.
- Send a mass email to your contact list with a simple message, "This issue is important to me and I believe in the goal of reducing violence."
- Change your email signature line to include the statement, "No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something to prevent violence. What’s your Green Dot?”
- Talk to a friend, family member, or coworker about how ending violence matters to you.
- Add a "Green Dot supporter" statement to your Facebook profile.
- Put a green dot on your door so that people will ask you about Green Dot.
- Educate yourself about the impact of violence in Kentucky.
- Wear a green dot t-shirt one day this week and explain to someone what it means.
- Wear a Green Dot button one day this week.
- Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, talking about the importance of preventing power-based personal violence.