Attendees from our recent Green Dot training to prevent sexual violence
If you read the paper or have turned on the news lately, you know that addressing college sexual assault is a major priority, from the White House on down. Rhode Island, with its many colleges and universities in such a concentrated area, is paying special attention to the issue.
One in five women has been sexually assaulted while at college, according to the recent report by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, “Not Alone.” In an effort to curb this epidemic, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, together with RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, has convened a group with representatives from every college and university in the state, local and state law enforcement, and advocacy groups including Day One. This group will provide input for both national and state legislation concerning college sexual assault.
In addition to serving on this team, Day One has reached out to every college and university in the state to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), something recommended by the White House report. We are currently meeting with the universities that responded to offer customized training, 24-hour support for victims, and legal advocacy services.
Live the Green Dot
With support from Johnson & Wales University, Day One recently held a four-day training program for every college and university in Rhode Island called “Live the Green Dot.” Johnson & Wales University has used the Green Dot curriculum to train people on all four of its campuses in the United States, including the one in Providence. Representatives from nearly every school in Rhode Island attended, as well as some military members.
“Day One’s education efforts have been advocating bystander intervention as an effective strategy to prevent sexual violence. Green Dot’s bystander intervention program has shown much promise on college campuses,” says Sandra Malone, coordinator of prevention education at Day One. “Bringing this program to Rhode Island for college staff was an intentional effort to address sexual assault prevention on a state-wide scale. The possibilities in reducing the number of sexual assaults on college campuses in the immediate future are promising.”
Green Dot training is built on the premise that in order to measurably reduce the perpetration of power-based personal violence, a cultural shift is necessary. In order to create a cultural shift, a critical mass of people will need to engage in a new behavior or set of behaviors that will make violence less sustainable within any given community. The “new behavior” is a Green Dot. Green Dot training focuses on fostering authentic relationships, personal connections, and effective persuasive communication.
“This training was so valuable,” said one of the attendees from a local university. “The shift to examining these issues through a bystander lens is innovative and will benefit any college that decides to implement Green Dot on their campus. I’m so glad we had the opportunity to attend!”
“The interest from colleges was overwhelming,” said Malone. “We intend to keep the momentum going by continuing partnerships and working together to reduce the prevalence of sexual violence.”
For more information about the Green Dot training, check out this article in the Providence Journal about the event.