We are an initiative of the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health’s Rape Prevention and Education Program dedicated to implementing education and resources through the Green Dot Model that will reduce instances of sexual violence in our state. In 2012, domestic violence and sexual assault advocates from community-based service organizations, and the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health’s Rape Prevention and Education Program, formed a task force to discuss approaches to address domestic violence and sexual assault education and prevention in Nevada.
While research does not provide proven strategies for reducing violent behavior, we do know that traditional methods for preventing sexual assault, stalking, and child abuse – such as single session educational presentations, large scale events and printed material distribution – have not demonstrated a reduction in violence.
The task force found that incorporating bystander strategies, along with widespread public awareness campaigns, would likely engage teens and young adults to not only identify potentially high risk violent situations, but also to safely intervene to prevent violence from occurring. The bystander approach begins by speaking out against ideas and behaviors that promote and tolerate violence. A commitment to stop violence can turn a once apathetic bystander into an engaged ally that discourages victim blaming and promotes action on the part of the individual.
They are many bystander strategies which combat violence, but when researching bystander literature and strategies, it was evident that Green Dot had the preliminary scientific basis and academic approach that would increase the likelihood of success for preventing and reducing the number of violent incidents in Nevada. The Green Dot Model of Intervention demonstrates to participants safe and positive ways that they can react to prevent or intervene when there is a risk for sexual or domestic assault.