Green Dot Strategy
Flagler College participates in the Green Dot initiative, a comprehensive approach to the primary prevention of violence that capitalizes on the power of peer and cultural influence.
Green Dot is a movement, a program, and an action. The aim of Green Dot is to prevent and reduce power-based personal violence by engaging all mem- bers of the campus community as leaders and active bystanders who step in and speak out against potential acts of violence. The Green Dot movement is about gaining a critical mass of students, staff, and faculty who are willing to do their small part to reduce power-based personal violence at Flagler College.
No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something.
Become involved. Participate in Green Dot training.
A good bystander is someone who models pro-social behaviors and intervenes when a potentially dangerous situation occurs. Speak up against racist, sexist, and homophobic jokes or remarks.
Confront friends who make excuses for other people’s abusive behavior. Convey your concern and diffuse problem behaviors before they escalate.
What to Do
- Pay Attention: Be alert to things that make you feel uncomfortable, like signs of sexual pressure, unwanted attention, disrespect, or someone who is intoxicated. Take note if someone looks worried, scared, or confused.
- Decide: Is the situation heading in a bad direction? Should someone intervene? If you can, ask the person you’re trying to help, but if you can’t, trust your instincts.
- Make a Plan: Fit your intervention to the situation. Who is in the best position to act? Call on friends, allies, hosts, authority figures, or act yourself. When is the best moment to act? Now or later? Be creative and strategic in planning and organizing others.
- Make it Happen: Stay calm. Follow your plan. Look for allies trying to help, too. Be ready to get help if you need it.
How to Do It
- Defensive Split: Step in and separate two people. Let them know your concerns and reasons for intervening. Be a friend and let them know you are acting in their best interest. Make sure each person makes it home safely.
- Pick and Roll: Use a distraction to redirect the focus somewhere else. “Hey, I need to talk to you” or “Hey, this party is lame. Let’s go somewhere else.”
- The Option: Evaluate the situation and people involved to determine your best move. You could directly intervene yourself, or alert friends of each person to come and help. If the person reacts badly, try a different approach.
- Full Court Press: Recruit the friends of both people to step in as a group.
- Fumblerooski: Divert the attention of one person away from the other person. Have someone standing by to redirect the other person’s focus. Commit a party foul (i.e., spilling your drink) if necessary.