The principle behind Green Dot is simple: recognize when someone is in trouble and empower a bystander to safely and effectively intervene. Without the Green Dot Bystander Intervention Program, acts of violence and abuse would continue to prevail. However, Dr. Dorothy Edwards’ desire to implement the Green Dot Program has changed the way that children, students, and adults engage with one another. Furthermore, her work has instigated cultural and social change around violence, prejudice, and abuse as a whole.
Before Dr. Edwards founded the Green Dot Bystander Intervention Program, she worked at the University of Kentucky as their Violence Intervention and Prevention Director. During that time, she found an alarming data point — many individuals were unsure how to respond when witnessing a potential sexual assault. Their uncertainty was the catalyst behind starting the Green Dot Program. Dr. Edwards successfully created a way to empower and educate bystanders on the importance of doing something.
By the time she left the University of Kentucky, she had trained over 3,5000 students and volunteers. Eventually, she packed her bags and went on to support a new violence prevention program at the White House. It was her hard work that kick-started numerous preventative bystander programs. Since then, her due diligence has elicited powerful cultural changes.
Fast-forward to today, and the Green Dot Program is profoundly changing lives. Bystander intervention strategies are preventing and reducing power-based personal violence across the United States. We’re bringing an end to bullying, sexual assault, and partner abuse, one Green Dot at a time.