- About Us
Green Dot is a national program built on the premise that everyone can measurably and systematically reduce violence within any given community. This program focuses fundamentally on the productive power of bystanders, on the those of us who witness power-based violence between others. In instances of harmful or violent words, actions, or behaviors, bystanders have a choice to ignore & accept the abuse (what we call a "red dot") or intervene & address the violence (a "green dot"). Green Dot’s goal is to prepare communities to implement a strategy of violence prevention that reduces power-based personal violence, which includes sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, and bullying. We will build a community equipped to intervene in these red dot incidents to create a campus map full of green dots, full of proactive moments that declare we will not accept power-based personal violence.
The power of Green Dot is simple. Red dots bad. Green dots good. You decide.
A green dot is any choice, behavior, word or attitude that promotes safety for everyone and communicates utter intolerance for power based personal violence in our University of North Texas community. A green dot is anything you do to make our community safer.
Green dots are divided into two categories: proactive and reactive. Proactive green dots are things people can do to prevent power-based personal violence from happening; reactive green dots are things people can do to intervene in a red dot situation. You may find examples of proactive and reactive green dots below.
We know that every day, people are victims of power-based personal violence. Stories of this type of violence inundate our televisions, phones, and news feeds. Each incident hurts all of us. These acts of violence are like red dots covering a map, much like an epidemic spreading out of control if not stopped. Categories of red dots that are the focus of Green Dot are explained below.
Power-Based Personal Violence:
A form of violence that has as a primary motivator the assertion of power, control and/or intimidation in order to harm another. This includes partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, bullying, child abuse, and elder abuse. It includes the use of alcohol or drugs to commit any of these acts. These acts are inclusive of acts committed by strangers, friends, acquaintances, intimates, or other persons. For a list of resources for those affected by power-based personal violence, please see the bottom of the page.
Sexual assault is the intentional or knowing penetration, no matter how slight, of the sex organ or anus with any body part or object, or oral sex, without consent of the complainant. The term sexual assault also may be referred to as rape.
Sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to use of drugs/alcohol or disability. Examples of sexual violence include: rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, or sexual coercion.
Dating Violence is violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
Domestic violence includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a roommate, a current or former spouse of the victim, or by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, or by a person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse of a victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.
Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others, or to suffer substantial emotional distress.
During bystander training, we discuss power-based personal violence in terms of sexual violence, partner violence, and stalking. However, the skills participants learn in class can be readily applied to situations of hazing and bullying.
To learn about UNT’s policies regarding sexual assault, sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, or stalking, or to report an incident, visit: