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Green Dot Awareness During Wellness Week


University of Toronto Launches Green Dot Strategy to Reduce Violence
Green Dot Awareness during Wellness Week January 16-20, 2012

What kind of community do you want to live in?

The Green Dot campaign aims to create a community that doesn’t tolerate violence, one that cares about others, and supports a safer campus for everyone.

A Green Dot is any action that reduces the risk of power-based personal violence – like sexual assault, partner abuse and stalking. U of T is the first to implement the Green Dot strategy in Canada, and is supported by many different partners across the three campuses in student health services, campus safety and beyond. Developed by Dr. Dorothy Edwards at the University of Kentucky, Green Dot ( is grounded in research that looks at the bystander effect, and why people do not get involved. Green Dot training helps students identify their personal obstacles in becoming an active bystander, and teaches specific skills to help students those obstacles, while staying safe themselves. The three Ds - Direct, Distract, or Delegate – are the skills students learn so that they can help their friends or acquaintances when they see the risk of violence.

The first annual Green Dot week, January 16-20, 2012, will showcase Green Dot and give students a chance to learn more.

Why a Green Dot? We start with the experiences of violence in our student’s lives – the red dots. A student has sex with another student when they are drunk and can’t give consent. A student is abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend, whether gay or straight, or stalked after a breakup. A red dot is an act of power-based personal violence, or choices to tolerate‚ justify or perpetuate violence. The solution is the green dot – the individual choices that people make to do something, anything, to help others and make our community safer. A reactive green dot is pulling a friend out of a high risk situation -- a proactive green dot is striking up a conversation with a friend about how much this issue matters to you. What’s your Green Dot going to be? Write an article in your campus paper and do your own proactive Green Dot to raise awareness about violence prevention at U of T. To learn more about Green Dot and upcoming events, visit


Cheryl Champagne, Assault Counsellor/Educator, Health and Wellness, St. George campus at 416-978-0174 or

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