Bystander Intervention

What is Green Dot?

Green Dot is a movement to include everyone in the reduction of Power-based violence. The bystander intervention program provides training that teaches individuals to recognize and react to acts involving Power-based violence. It aims to establish cultural norms of intolerance of power-based violence and a community wide intervention to reduce power-based violence.

Kalamazoo College is passionate about taking care of the individuals that make up our greater community. We are diligently working to implement campus wide programming to educate our community on the history, persistence and prevention of sexual violence. Green Dot is just one prevention strategy used to prevent violence on campus and we acknowledge that the program does not address root causes of violence. We see Green Dot as a practical skill-building movement that helps put theory into practice, which is often the most difficult part of preventing violence.

Green Dot completely supports all programming efforts that seek to address central elements of power-based personal violence. We work in collaboration with Kalamazoo College’s Title IX Coordinator to ensure that all community members have support.

Defining Power-based Violence

Power-based violence is any act that includes sexual, domestic, dating violence, stalking, child abuse, elder abuse, or bullying.

Power-based violence can happen to anyone.

  • On college campuses, 1 in 5 women will experience sexual assault.
  • Before the age of 18, between 1 in 6 and 1 in 20 boys will experience sexual abuse.
  • 1 in 4 trans students experience sexual assault while at college.
  • 10% of reported rape victims are men.
  • 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men experience stalking.
  • Rates of sexual assault in same-sex couples are as high or higher as heterosexual couples.

One small step could prevent harm from happening.

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What can I do as a K student?

No one has to do everything. Everyone has to do something.

The Green Dot movement thrives by everyone contributing to the fight against power-based personal violence. These contributions don’t need to be huge or complex. Below is a list of examples you can partake in to promote the reduction of power-based personal violence.

  • Wear a Green Dot pin
  • Place a Green Dot sticker on your car, laptop, door, wall, etc.
  • Wear a Green Dot shirt or mask
  • Attend a Green Dot Overview or Training
  • Talk about what you learned at these trainings with your social sphere
  • Post something about Green Dot, Bystander Intervention, or other prevention methods on your social media pages
  • Work with the Green Dot Committee to develop programming or events that promote the prevention of power-based personal violence

Check back Fall 2021 for the next trainings!

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