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Proactive green dots

  • Wear a green dot t-shirt one day this week and explain to someone what it means.
  • Talk to a man about the importance of men getting involved in prevention.
  • Wear a Green Dot button one day this week.
  • Bring a friend to an awareness event.
  • Integrate information about power-based personal violence into one class discussion.
  • Volunteer for one hour, and bring a friend.
  • Request a presentation for your teams, clubs, or organizations from your violence prevention office.
  • Talk to a leader in a student organization that you are involved in and recommend that the membership take the Green Dot Bystander training.
  • Discuss with friends a situation portrayed in the media (a movie, TV show, news story, billboard, YouTube, etc.) that might support a culture of power-based personal violence  and explain why it upsets you.
  • Talk to a friend about the importance of everyone being involved in prevention work. At Gettysburg College, focus groups have shown that people think that only women should be involved. 
  • Integrate information about any form of power-based personal violence into a class assignment (i.e., paper or speech or presentation).
  • Attend a Green Dot training then tell 2 friends you attended and ask them to go next time.
  • Take a friend to lunch and talk about how this issue is important to you and ask for their help.
  • Tell someone that you know that way too many students will be victims of violence and that you feel like you need to be a part of reducing it.
  • Write a paragraph about your connection to power-based personal violence and post it on your Facebook page (or some form of social media).

Reactive Green Dots

  • If you suspect that your friend has been drugged, seek professional help.
  • If you saw someone who was intoxicated left behind by their friends, approach the friends and tell them their friend may need help. 
  • If you suspect that my friend is in an abusive relationship, I ask them and provide information about resources available.
  • If I suspect a friend has been sexually assaulted, I let them know you are here if they want to talk.
  • If I hear someone yelling and fighting, I call DPS at 717-337-6911 or call 911.
  • If I see someone spike another person's drink, I stop them and call DPS or get someone else to.
  • If I see a friend grab, push or insult another person, I say something, go get help or get someone else to.
  • If I see a stranger grab, push or insult another person, I say something or go get help or get someone else to.
  • If I see a friend take an intoxicated person up the stairs, I stop and ask what is going on or create a distraction to interrupt the situation.
  • If someone appears upset, I ask if they are okay.
  • If I notice someone has a large bruise, I ask how they were hurt.
  • If I see a person sexually assaulting another person, I intervene.
  • If my professor explains that women "say 'no' when they really mean 'yes'," I interrupt and make an attempt to educate the professor.
  • I talk to my friends about consent... and how they should wait until their partner verbalizes their feelings.
  • If I choose to leave a party early, I account for the people I came with.
  • If I see two people dragging a person into a room, I call for help and intervene.
  • I will offer to watch my friends' drinks when they leave the table.
  • If I know or suspect that a friend is in an abusive relationship (physically, sexually, or emotionally), I tell them they can confide in me.
  • I share statistics with my friends about power-based personal violence.
  • If someone needs my help and I don't have the answer, I tap my resources and find someone who does.
  • I work to ensure organizations I am involved in collaborate with prevention efforts on campus.
  • I take the opportunity to write papers or give speeches in class about the issue of violence.
  • I write letters to the editor of the Gettysburgian if I see articles that pertain to power-based personal violence whether they are positive or negative.
  • I strike up conversations with my friends about the importance of intervening in potentially high-risk situations.
  • I go investigate if I am awakened at night by someone calling for help.
  • If I see someone at a party who has had too much to drink, I ask them if they need to be walked home so they can go to sleep.
  • If a woman is being shoved or yelled at by a man, I ask her if she needs help.
  • If a man is being shoved or harassed by others, I ask him if he needs help.
  • If I hear what sounds like yelling and fighting through my dorm walls I knock on the door to see if everything is ok.
  • If I hear what sounds like yelling or fighting through my dorm or apartment walls, I talk with a RA/CA/RC/HL or someone else who can help.
  • If I hear an acquaintance talking about forcing someone to have sex with them, I speak up against it and express concern for the person who was forced.
  • I will grab someone else's cup and pour their drink out if I saw or think that someone slipped something into it.
  • I will call DPS or Health and Counseling Services for help if a friend, acquaintance or stranger told me they were sexually assaulted.
  • I will confront friends who make excuses for abusive behavior by others.
  • I will speak up if I hear someone say "she or he deserved to be raped."
  • I will educate myself about power-based personal violence and what I can do about it.
  • Encourage a friend to do the Green Dot training.
  • Encourage a friend to go through SAFE self defense training.
  • Encourage a friend to go through Gettysburg Proud (formally Safe Zone) training. 
  • I see a couple, whether I know them or not, in a heated argument. One's fist is clenched and the partner looks upset. I ask if everything is ok.
  • I see a man talking to a woman at a bar. He is sitting very close to her and by the look on her face I can see she is uncomfortable. I ask her if she is ok.
  • If I know information about an incident of sexual violence, I tell DPS or Health and Counseling about what I know in case it is helpful.

Green Dot opportunities are infinite. You don't have to do them all, but you should want do some. Look for the green dots where your skills, interest, passion and opportunity intersect. That is where you can have the biggest impact.