National Statistics tell us that 1 in 5 college students will be sexually assaulted. This number is staggering. When presented with such a problem, there has to be a solution.
One of Saint Louis University's solutions is Green Dot. 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. That new behavior is a green dot.
A green dot is any behavior‚ choice‚ word or attitude that promotes safety for all our citizens and communicates utter intolerance for violence. A green dot is pulling a friend out of a high risk situation - a green dot is donating a few dollars to your local service provider - a green dot is putting a green dot message on your facebook page - a green dot is striking up a conversation with a friend or family member about how much this issue matters to you.
There will be Green Dot Institutes offered to train all students, faculty and staff on how to be active bystanders. Breakfast, snacks and beverages will be provided, and there will be a break for lunch. You must have a SLU email account to register.
Upcoming Green Dot Institute Registration Forms:
February 12, 2013: Green Dot Institute for Nursing Clinicals, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., School of Nursing 014
February 25, 2013: Green Dot Institute for Nursing Clinicals, 10:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., BSC 352/353
March 14, 2013: Green Dot Institute for Faculty & Staff, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., BSC 352/353
March 26, 2013 and April 2, 2013: Two- Part Green Dot Institute Open to All Students, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Gries Seminar Room