Pivotal momentum

Progress is measured by our individual choices to intervene. Progress is measured by laws revised and norms shifted. Progress is measured by rigorous research that assesses impact, acts of violence that are never committed, countless voices that advocate for change, and thousands of individuals empowered to engage in transformational daily actions. Progress is measured by lives lived to their fullest potential—and by hope.

High School Program Reduces Interpersonal Violence

“Implementation of Green Dot in Kentucky high schools significantly decreased not only sexual violence perpetration but also other forms of interpersonal violence perpetration and victimization,” concludes an independent study led by Dr. Ann L. Coker in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The CDC-funded study evaluated Green Dot bystander intervention in 26 high schools over 5 years and confirms that Green Dot for High Schools reduces rates of sexual abuse, dating violence, stalking, and other interpersonal violence by statistically significant percentage.


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Research Library

Association of American Universities

This report describes the policies and programs implemented and reported through an institutional survey undertaken by Association of American Universities (AAU) member universities to prevent and respond to campus sexual assault and misconduct. The report’s findings are divided into six sections, representing the range of actions to address sexual assault and misconduct.

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Multi-College Bystander Intervention Evaluation for Violence Prevention
This study provides a multi-year evaluation of the impact of Green Dot on reducing interpersonal violence victimization and perpetration behavior on college campuses. It indicates the strategy was effective in lowering both perpetration and victimization of sexual violence and other related forms of interpersonal violence.
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From Empower to Green Dot: Successful Strategies and Lessons Learned in Developing Comprehensive Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Programming
This case study describes Kentucky’s partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) EMPOWER (Enhancing and Making Programs Work to End Rape) program to enhance the mission and services of existing rape crisis centers to include comprehensive primary prevention programming to reduce rates of sexual violence perpetration. The planning for and implementation of the 5-year, randomized control trial of the Green Dot strategy in Kentucky high schools is described.
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Bystander Program Effectiveness to Reduce Violence Acceptance: RCT in High Schools

This study, conducted in 2019, explores the effectiveness of the Green Dot program over the course of five years through high schools in Kentucky.

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Inside Midd Football Players’ Decision to Kneel During Anthem

This article explores a Middlebury College football player’s reasoning behind taking part in a peaceful protest, and how the Green Dot program played a role in making his decision.

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Challenge and Opportunity in Evaluating a Diffusion-Based Active Bystander Prevention
This article explores the methodology of a 5-year, CDC funded study of the Green Dot bystander program as it is implemented in high schools across Kentucky. It is the first of several articles in this special issue of the Violence Against Women journal which discusses the evaluation of Green Dot in high schools.
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Evaluation of Green Dot: An Active Bystander Intervention to Reduce Sexual Violence on College Campuses

This study reports on the impact of the Green Dot bystander strategy on the University of Kentucky campus and indicates that Green Dot significantly increased both observed and actual active bystander behaviors in the general population of UK students.

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RCT Testing Bystander Effectiveness to Reduce Violence
This study evaluated the Green Dot bystander intervention to reduce sexual violence and related forms of interpersonal violence in 26 high schools over 5 years and showed a significant decrease in sexual violence perpetration and also in other forms of interpersonal violence perpetration and victimization.
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Evaluation of the Green Dot Bystander Intervention to Reduce Interpersonal Violence Among College Students Across Three Campuses
This study compared rates of violence by type among undergraduate students attending a college campus with the Green Dot bystander intervention with students at two colleges without bystander programs and explains that victimization rates were significantly lower among students attending the campus with Green Dot relative to the two other campuses.
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Green Dot Effective at Reducing Sexual Violence
This press release explains the findings of a 5-year, CDC funded study of the implementation of the Green Dot strategy in Kentucky high schools.
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Media Mentions

Just Means

Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur is proud to announce its partnership with Alteristic, a national organization of social accelerators dedicated to reducing power-based personal violence, to provide a series of Bystander Intervention Training workshops for the bartending community.

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Iowa Department of Education

There aren’t too many school districts that can boast they have plunged bullying and harassment by 79 percent. OK, there’s only one school district that can lay that claim: Dubuque Community School District.

Though a statistic like that seems almost too good to be true – you know what they say about too-good-to-be-true claims – this is the real McCoy. And it isn’t through happenstance or good drinking water.

The district launched its Green Dot program in 2013.

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Red Wing Republican Eagle

Picture a map of Red Wing with tiny red dots in and around the city.

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Healio Infectious Diseases in Children

Sexual violence and other forms of interpersonal violence perpetration were drastically reduced among Kentucky high schools following the implementation of a modified ‘bystander program’ initially developed for college students, according to a recent study.

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Stephenville Empire-Tribune (Texas)

Tarleton State University today officially adopted a five-year strategic plan to improve the prevention of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, and improve campus response.

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North Dakota Department of Health Holds Green Dot Training

The North Dakota Department of Health held its first “Green Dot” Violence Prevention Training. The program aims to help end dating/domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking. People representing Fargo, Grand Forks and Valley City took part in the 4–day training program and will bring what they learned back to their communities.

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The Ledger Independent

Maysville’s embrace of the Green Dot program is bringing it national recognition.

Women’s Crisis Center’s Christy Burch and Melissa Greenwell have been invited by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to speak about our ‘Making Maysville a Green Dot City’ Initiative during a national webinar.

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Connecticut College

Connecticut College celebrated its annual “Green Dot Week,” a series of events and activities dedicated to raising awareness about the College’s violence prevention program, Feb. 3-9. 

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Teen Vogue

In 2010, the same year he became principal of J. M. Atherton High School in Louisville, Kentucky, Thomas Aberli agreed to let his students take part in something called Green Dot.

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U.S. Air Force

In 2016, the Air Force was introduced to Green Dot, an interactive training program designed to help Airmen intervene in and prevent situations of sexual and domestic violence, abuse and stalking.

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Kalamazoo College

Twenty-four Kalamazoo College students and five K employee Green Dot-certified trainers launched the College’s first bystander training session on April 29. It’s one of several early steps toward the goal of a “greening” that will be year-round, forever.

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Bangor Daily News

Imagine this: You work at a bank as a teller and overhear a regular customer making inappropriate advances toward a co-worker. One day, she tells you the customer made a pass at her when she accompanied him to his safe deposit box.

As a bystander, would you feel a responsibility to intervene?

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WSU Insider

When it comes to preventing sexual assault and violence — whether it’s on campus or in the community — every person plays a key role.

That message was emphasized in a recent four-day, intensive training program known as the Green Dot Institute.

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The Green Dot program was originally designed to reduce problems like sexual assault and stalking by encouraging bystanders to do something. The EEOC says this “bystander intervention training might be effective in the workplace.”

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Click Orlando/News 6

In 2016, University of Central Florida was the state’s leader for training in the bystander intervention program, Green Dot, that teaches faculty, staff and students how small actions can have big results.

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Tales of the Cocktail

Tales of the Cocktail® is proud to announce a ground-breaking partnership with Green Dot, etc., a violence-prevention organization whose mission statement is to reduce interpersonal violence through community awareness, and arm people with tactics to spot and intervene in violent situations.

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TV Spot: Tales of the Cocktail

The partnership between Tales of the Cocktail®  and Green Dot began at the Tales annual convention in New Orleans.  Participants discuss the Green Dot seminar provided and the impact it could have on the way they operate in their bars and restaurants.

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