Green Dot Series: Making a Change

Michael Badger

 

Nobody has to do everything. Everyone has to do something. That’s the motto of Green Dot.

 

Whether we know it or not, we are all bystanders with the ability to affect everyone around us. Green Dot focuses on raising awareness of sexual assault and gives training on how recognize and prevent it. The goal of this program is to educate and empower individuals so that “as a culture, we can make a change,” says Isabel Schmitt, Program Director.

 

Green Dot training was mainly presented in seminars, with Adam Runsinak, Isabel Schmitt, Barb Prinz, and Fran Biganek speaking. They kept the audience engaged throughout the event, talking about the different situations that students may encounter, and encouraged the audience to participate and share their own stories and experiences.

 

The college provided breakfast, lunch, and even gave out t-shirts to everyone participating. Overall, it was a very fun, and gave a lot of helpful information.

 

When we are faced with a high-risk situation, such as stalking, sexual assault, or partner violence, we are given two choices: “Ultimately, we can either do something or we can do nothing,” says Adam Runsinak, one of the speakers. A lot of the time people freeze, unsure of what to do.

 

Green Dot training helps break down the problem and helps you find different ways of reacting. It teaches people how we can intervene in these situations, sometimes in ways we have never thought of. “I learned a few different methods of how to intervene,” claims Minda Nelson, a student attending the event. “I hadn’t thought to do anything but direct intervention before. It was helpful and I think I may be able to act more after the training”.

 

Through these events, Green Dot is encouraging people to step in, take responsibility, and help others when they need it most. Sometimes it is as easy as asking a friend to check in on them. Other times it might be talking down an almost violent partner.

 

Nobody has to do everything. Everyone has to do something.

 

Are you up to the challenge?

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