Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela
At the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center, one of our lasting hopes is to work ourselves out of a job. We are committed to our mission of eradicating sexual violence in the 17 counties we serve (and beyond) through education, counseling, and advocacy. The primary goal of our education is prevention.
Our education is based in three beliefs:
1. Most people are not violent and do not want the people in their life to get hurt.
2. Most violence and the precursors to violence takes place in the presence of bystanders.
3. Most people want to keep others safe, but they don’t always know how.
What is Green Dot?
At BRCC, we have taken our place in a movement to help address the reality of violence and the reality of those three points. It’s called Green Dot. Green Dot is a program, training, philosophy, and movement that speaks directly to bystanders (which is all of us at different points)
The program is research/data driven and has already show effectiveness in increasing bystander response. In a recent 5 year study, evaluating the effectiveness of the program, researchers found in Kentucky schools that implemented Green Dot, incidents of sexual violence decreased by as much as 50 percent.
BRCC implements the Green Dot program in high schools and communities. The program consists of trainings to faculty, staff, parents, students, and community members. We train on how all of us, can find our moment, our green dot, to make our community safer. Green Dot says no one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something. You don’t have to put on a cape and save the day (but if you do, send us a picture!).
The focus of the trainings and presentations is to discuss the reality of power based personal violence (sexual violence, partner violence, bullying, and stalking), how we as bystanders have the power to prevent it, and to equip our community with the skills and knowledge necessary to intervene and change societal norms around violence.
We have witnessed and assisted schools and communities take this issue on and work to create a community free from the fear of violence.There is no logical reason why we as a community have to accept sexual violence as the norm. Welcome to the movement.
For more information about Green Dot or any other education question, contact our Prevention Coordinator, Jordon Tate at firstname.lastname@example.org