Choose Respect: Stop Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

 

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Green Dot Violence Prevention Strategy

Choose Respect  -  Program Highlight

Visualize a map filled with red dots representing the epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assault. The red dots symbolize words or actions that hurt another person, or let someone be hurt. Red dots include hitting one’s partner or hurting a child. They also include situations like using words to threaten someone or making a choice that you know will result in someone being hurt. 
 
Green Dot MapNow imagine the same map, only it includes green dots in the middle of the red dots. Each green dot represents someone doing something to make their community safer. These green dots include standing up to violence, calling 911 if you suspect someone being hurt, or being there for someone when they need you. Green dots can also represent volunteering in your community or speaking to friends about why these things are important to you.
 
The Green Dot Violence Prevention Strategy promotes violence prevention by providing community members with the skills needed to stop violence before it occurs. Green Dot focuses on preventing violence every day through routine behaviors.
 
Being a green dot and making the choice to get involved do not necessarily mean putting yourself in harm’s way. There are a hundred different ways to intervene based on your comfort level. Using humor, distracting someone, or anonymously getting help can positively alter a stressful situation. 
 
Alaskans all have a role to play! We can courageously challenge red dot behavior plaguing our communities by replacing them with green dots. Remember, "No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something." What’s your green dot? What's your action?
 

Green Dot in Alaska

Green DotThere are far too many red dots in Alaska. The rate of domestic and sexual violence is intolerable, with 59 out of every 100 adult women having been victimized by one or both of these forms of violence at some point during their lifetime. Fortunately, Alaskans are doing something to change these statistics with efforts like Green Dot. Collectively, these efforts will reduce violence and ensure a safe future for all Alaskans in relationships, homes, and communities.

Green Dot Alaska is a creative and innovative program that is still in its infant stages. Building on Governor Sean Parnell’s Choose Respect Initiative, Green Dotthe Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA) is working with Green Dot, etc., Inc., the developer and training director, to revise the curriculum, implement the strategy, and develop a Train the Trainer model for Alaska. Over the next three years CDVSA and Green Dot, etc. Inc. will be piloting the strategy in six communities across Alaska: Anchorage, Bethel, Fairbanks, Homer, Kenai, and Prince of Wales Island (Klawock, Hydaburg, and Craig).

In addition to implementing the strategy, community residents at these sites have the opportunity to become part of an Alaska-based training bureau for Green Dot. The goal is for the Green Dot Alaska program (G-DAK) to become self-sustaining and available for implementation across the state following the developer's work in Alaska. 

Click here to watch Green Dot PSAs produced by CDVSA.

How you can get involved

If you would like to learn more about upcoming Green Dot events, contact CDVSA at (907) 465-4356 or visit dps.alaska.gov/cdvsa.

Visit Green Dot's website at livethegreendot.com.

Click here to learn ways you can effect positive changes in your community.

Green Dot Alaska in the news

Green Dot Asks Alaskans to Help Stop Sexual Assaults, Domestic Violence
April 24, 2013 - KTUU

Another level of protection: Training is underway for a new program focusing on sexual assault prevention (video)
KTUU

'Green Dot' Campaign Aims to Stop Sexual Assault, Rape
October 5, 2011 - KTVA

 

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Choose Respect News

2014

Site Begins Revealing Insights into Domestic Violence Services in US
My Turn: Coaching boys for life off-court
My Turn: Support children and celebrate their strengths
Council awards community-based prevention grants
UAA committed to fighting sexual violence, gender discrimination
Domestic violence needs multifaceted solution
UAA committed to fighting sexual violence, gender discrimination
Community leaders try to stop domestic violence
Parents of Murder Victim Speak, Warn Other Parents of Domestic Violence
AWAIC says domestic violence in Alaska deserves attention
Solution to village violence, abuse requires the help of men
Busy seniors launch drive against domestic violence, sexual assault
Businesses Join Green Dot Campaign To Fight Violence In Alaska
'Green Dot' campaign explores crime prevention as social movement
Coaches come to Juneau to fight domestic violence
Coaching Boys into Men training in Juneau
Tools available to talk with your kids
Anti-violence rallies draw hundreds across Arctic
STAR Thinking Outside The Box In Fighting Alaska's Sexual Assault Rates
Green Dot calls for action against violence
Bethelites march to end violence and assault
Homer stands up against violence
No More campaign gains momentum
Klawock is a Green Dot Community
Health issues result from partial strangulation
Choose Respect rally draws big crowd
More than 100 turn out for annual Choose Respect walk
Choose Respect: Governor’s campaign against sex abuse, domestic violence is a terrible necessity
Archbishop Schwietz to help lead Anchorage’s “Choose Respect” rally
Domestic violence survivor shares her story to encourage others to speak out
Green Dot – Ending violence
'Choose Respect' rallies to be held Thursday
Compass: Alaskans pull together against domestic violence and sexual assault
Domestic Violence: NO MORE
Alaska families try to sever the link between sexual abuse and FASD
Why are Wrangell and Petersburg covered in dots?
One Billion Rising for Justice
Blame rapists for rape ... obviously
Letters: Help end epidemic of sexual assault and domestic violence

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2013

CNN to spotlight Alaska’s high rape numbers
HopeLine Project: Cell Phones for Domestic Violence Shelters
Bystander inaction, be gone
Domestic violence prevention summit begins today
Homer teens ‘Lead On!’
Troopers investigate Valley shootings that leave two dead
Two bases. Two social experiments. Would you do the right thing?
Shift in domestic violence education takes hold in Alaska
Churches safe havens for domestic violence victims
Native teens break silence on violence, sexual abuse
Violence against Alaska women ongoing, deadly problem
Gov. Parnell speaks against violence: 'Traditional family values are Alaska values'
Violence survey alarms
Suffering exposed: Alaska's women speak up about violence, abuse
Half of Ketchikan women experienced violence
Ketchikan Meeting Scheduled for Release of Data from the Alaska Victimization Survey
Letter: Alaska Victimization Survey
Violence against women is never justified
Study shows high number of Kenai Peninsula women victimized
Survey: More than half of Valley women have experienced violence
Our View: To change violence numbers, we need to change lives
Survey paints grim picture of violence against women in Mat-Su
Mat-Su cannot escape Alaska's dishonor
Breaking the silence: Talking about domestic violence
Perkins Coie's Danielle Ryman Receives Alaska Attorney General's Pro Bono Service Award
What does domestic violence look like to children?
Task force, Governor remain focused on domestic violence
State Wants Community to Step up to Combat High Domestic Violence Rates
Violence prevention program makes its way to UAF
SAFV Tackles Domestic Violence Crisis With Community Training
Crime bill and Green Dot etc., fight domestic violence on Peninsula
Safe House Program takes hold in Skagway
Silence about sexual and domestic abuse is unacceptable
Ambler Supports Choose Respect
Green Dot Asks Alaskans to Help Stop Sexual Assaults, Domestic Violence
First Lady Speaks Against Public Safety Cut
Elise Patkotak: To end abuse, good men must break silence
Choose Respect Rallies Set for Alaska Communities
Serial Rapist Richard Dorsey Sentenced to 79 Years
Volunteers on the front lines helping sex assault victims
Children learn continuously: What will we teach them?
CHOOSE RESPECT: It’s about Alaskans standing up for other Alaskans
Dancing against violence
Las Vegas sex trafficker sentenced to prison in 2010 Alaska case
Alaskans must have zero tolerance for sex trafficking

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2012

West Valley basketball coach works to make boys into men
Sitka youth choose respect
Old Harbor safer with new village response team
Troopers, Prosecutors Included in Budget
Over Half Of Women In Y-K Delta Experience Partner, Sexual Violence
Yugcetun Qanemcit Aipiritmi
Alaska Innovates First Program To Subsidize Housing For Victims Of Violence
Young Fairbanks reporter lands interview with Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell
Shed the Light
Speech: Standing Together Against Human Trafficking
Men must become extra tough to stop violence against women
Rampant to Rare - Domestic Violence in Alaska
Study: 44 percent of Kodiak women abused
Overcoming violence: A time to unite
Ceremony Aims To Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence
Vulnerable among us need your help
To Create a Better Future, Heal the Past
Tackling Alaska's Domestic Violence Epidemic
State is confronting assaults: More progress is essential to end Alaska's epidemic
Speak out against abuse and save a child
We Are Public Health. We Work to Prevent Domestic Violence
House passes Parnell-backed sex-trafficking bill
Choose respect marches hope across Alaska
How to Stop Sexual Assault
Director Ron Taylor addresses ‘Choose Respect’ Rally in Nenana
Alaska Legal Services Corporation 'Choose Respect'
Domestic violence and sexual assault: courage to act
Gain courage together: Alaskans all can ‘choose respect’
Choose respect, join the march
Governor's Bill Protects Trafficking Victims
Governor's Vulnerable Adult Bill Passes Senate
Hope counters Barrow tragedy
Reeling from death of 3-year-old girl, Barrow women speak up
Arming the baristas won't fix Alaska's problem with violence against women
After Tragedy in Barrow, Community Comes Together
A colorful skiing party with a deeper purpose
Human Trafficking Awareness Day
First Lady Addresses Alaska Women's Expo
Alaska Men Choose Respect
Parnell: Thank you Falcons for sending powerful message
Video: Let Love In
When I Am an Elder

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2011

Governor proposes housing aid for victims of violence
Survey: 1 in 4 women attacked by intimate partner
Preventing abuse everyone's responsibility
Act to end violence against Alaska women
District Attorneys Take to the Airwaves in Support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Victimization survey finds high rates of violence against Juneau women
Men can show the way in battle against domestic violence
Survey Reveals Bristol Bay Intimate Partner Violence Numbers
Intervene to protect children from abuse
Photo: Choose Respect
Domestic violence in Fairbanks: The numbers might surprise you
Sitka unveils Choose Respect mural
‘Green Dot’ Campaign Aims to Stop Sexual Assault, Rape
Sexual Assault Much More Pervasive Than It Appears
Survey Shows High Rate if Sexual Violence in Anchorage
New Study Reveals Epidemic of Domestic Violence in Anchorage
Attorney Allen Bailey Honored with Attorney General's Pro Bono Service Award
Domestic Violence Information Placemats
Men Choosing Respect Posters
Arctic Women in Crisis Newsletter
Denali Base Camp Chooses Respect
Kenny Lake Fair has Choose Respect booth
My turn: Domestic violence not about marital problems, not about losing control
Copper River Regional Health Fair - Glennallen
State to bolster troopers, village police in Northwest
Governor’s Child Protection Bill Passes
Alaska CAC's Choose Respect
Letter: Support Governor's Choose Respect Initiative
Choose Respect rally pushes for an end to domestic violence in Alaska
Alaska Delegation Supports Gov. Parnell’s Choose Respect Initiative with D.C. Rally
Mat-Su Choose Respect Poster Contest
Choose Respect: Sexual assault, domestic violence need your attention
Domestic violence trainers take stock of Kodiak
Choose Respect movement makes gain
Choose Respect and teach your children the right way
United Fishermen of Alaska Support Choose Respect
Facebook’s New Anti-Bullying Tools Create a “Culture of Respect”
Fishermen Choose Respect
Leeshore Lighthouse Quarterly
Parnell has clear ideas to curb mess of domestic violence
Our view: No finer service
Gov: Businesses can play role in fighting violence
Parnell Speaks Out Against Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault
Parnell pitches anti-violence initiative to business sector
Speech: Alaska's Heart Condition
Parnell: More than 30 communities to hold rallies
State awards domestic violence prevention grants for rural Alaska
Fact Sheet: Rural Community Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse Pilot Project grantee list
Our view: Stunning numbers

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2010

Our view: Choose respect
Steps for a positive choice appreciated
Parnell's DV initiative cruising toward victory
Governor Parnell's Choose Respect Campaign working
Our View: Choose Respect
Marching toward respect
From Ketchikan to Barrow, Alaskans Unite to Choose Respect
Alaska marches to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual abuse
Parnell leads march to fight domestic violence
Governor Parnell: The time is now to raise the hue and cry
Governor Parnell: An attitude change
State of the State: Parnell’s new path

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2009

Alaska Editorial: Stop the pain, once and for all
Parnell rightly addresses sexual abuse
Shameful epidemic

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