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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Media Mentions

New York Times

We’ve all been there.

At a dinner party. In line at the post office. On a Zoom meeting. You can feel it coming: that awful joke your friend likes to tell about immigrants. Questions like “Don’t all lives matter?” or “Did he resist arrest?” The discomfort becomes palpable. Your gut twists. God, I hope someone says something, you think with increasing desperation. And so does everyone else.

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Institute for Women's Policy Research

In recent months, the #MeToo movement has raised the visibility of sexual harassment and assault at work and the personal toll it takes on women’s lives to unprecedented levels.

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The Horizon

Students have recently started training to understand how the Green Dot bystander intervention program can change the culture on IU Southeast’s campus.

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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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U.S. News & World Report

“Engaging bystanders is the most promising way to mobilize a community around this issue and help people build skills they need to contribute to a solution,” says Lea Hegge, vice president of program development at Alteristic, the nonprofit that licenses the Green Dot bystander program. Green Dot has been implemented at more than 100 U.S. colleges.

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Valley News

Some 30 North Dakota volunteers are in Grand Forks in hopes of reducing violence in the community.

At first glance, it looks like just a relay race – but these women are learning to think fast on their feet if they see a dangerous situation.

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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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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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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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The Middlebury Campus

“You are either part of the solution, or you’re not. I saw that Green Dot banner and I thought, ‘I have the option here to either be part of the solution today, or not be part of the solution today.’” After that realization, he got down on one knee, ignored his surroundings, and focused his eyes on the woman singing the anthem.

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MLive Michigan

As reports of sexual assaults at colleges nationwide grow, Kalamazoo College is taking steps to prevent sex-based crimes and other violence on campus. Students and faculty gathered in the Hicks Student Center last week to learn about Green Dot — a national organization aimed at teaching bystander intervention to prevent power-based personal violence.

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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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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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The Free Press

This spring, the Campus Safety Project will begin implementing Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training to students. The Green Dot Strategy, developed by self-described “social accelerator” Alteristic Inc. in 2006, is based on the principle of “mobilizing communities by harnessing the power of individuals” in order to create “a safe and equitable society.”

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Casper Star Tribune

The number of University of Wyoming students who reported experiencing at least one instance of sexual assault at the school has fallen, a recent survey by the school shows.

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Leo Weekly

Before I was the Title IX Guy, I was a law clerk at the Jefferson County Attorney’s office. One sunny day last January, it was my turn to retrieve the office mail, and as I was leaving the Hall of Justice, I heard the nearby screams of a young woman.

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Recent findings on the effects of Living the Green Dot, a bystander intervention program that the CDC described as “promising,” suggest that it could be effective. The program was tested in 26 high schools in Kentucky. All students heard a speech about bystander intervention, and student leaders received additional intensive training. At the schools receiving the training, reports of violence declined significantly; at the schools that did not, violence increased slightly.

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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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North Dakota Department of Health

The North Dakota Department of Health’s (NDDoH) Rape Prevention and Education Program announces the expansion of Green Dot, a sexual violence primary prevention strategy to Bismarck-Mandan, the fourth community in North Dakota.

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News 6 WKMG

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. The program has already shown a major impact since it was introduced in September with more than 4,500 students and faculty and staff members exposed to Green Dot.

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