“Green Dot” initiative caps off Sexual Assault Awareness Month

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 23, 2015 — Drury University is capping off Sexual Assault Awareness month with a training session this Saturday for the new Green Dot initiative. The session is a joint effort with Ozarks Technical Community College. The session will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Findlay Student Center room 204.

Green Dot is a comprehensive approach to violence prevention that uses student leaders to affect positive cultural change from within the student body. The Green Dot model targets all community members as potential bystanders, and seeks to engage them in proactive behaviors that establish intolerance of violence as the norm, as well as reactive interventions in high-risk situations. The program specifically targets influential and respected individuals such as student leaders with the hope that they will integrate moments of prevention within existing relationships and daily activities. The name of the program comes from the idea of turning “red dots” on a map marking incidents of violence into “green dots” of preventative actions.

Media are welcome to cover the training session and speak to those involved. Reporters are advised to attend during the later part of the day, as the session is tightly programmed and participants and organizers will be more easily available for interviews immediately afterward.

The Green Dot program is being promoted by Panthers For Prevention, a coalition of students, staff and faculty working to promote and encourage healthy decisions among the Drury community. The group has sponsored other related events during the month of April, including self-defense classes, T-shirt printing and creating an “It’s on Us” video.

For more about the national Green Dot initiative, visit www.livethegreendot.org.