“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. ” – Edward Everett Hale
Our communities are made up of good people who want violence to end but may not know what to do about it and who have valid reasons they don’t intervene. We call these reasons for not intervening “barriers.” We all have barriers and that is ok! There are two types of barriers:
1. Personal Barriers – maybe you are shy, uncertain, afraid or don’t want to be embarrassed .
2. Relationship Barriers – maybe you don’t want a friend to get upset, you don’t talk about abuse in your family or community, or you are worried you will lose status at your job or in your social group.
Green Dot assumes everybody has a positive role that they can play around this issue, that most people don’t want anybody to get hurt, and that the only reason people are not intervening is because barriers make it really hard. We want to give you realistic ways to get involved so that you will take action to make certain that no red dot goes unanswered.
You’ve got options! Green Dot helps us to discover lots of options for intervening when we see signs of violence (Reactive Green Dots) as well as easy ways to begin to change our culture (Proactive Green Dots). We all want communities where violence isn’t tolerated and everyone is expected to do their part!