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Published on October 6th, 2017 | by University Communications

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Saint Leo observing Green Dot Week, October 16-20

Saint Leo will celebrate Green Dot Week, October 16-20, in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is a weeklong celebration of action and change. Faculty and staff are welcome to engage in activities and learn how we can keep Saint Leo safe.

Green Dot is an approach to violence prevention that is based on the premise that violence can be reduced within a community with the help of bystanders. Sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking are serious issues on college campuses across the country. Saint Leo is committed to addressing these issues with the help of Green Dot. The violence will only stop if everyone does his or her part.

Each instance in which an individual chooses to use his/her words or actions to harm another individual is defined as a red dot.

The Green Dot program equips the Saint Leo community with the tools to prevent or intervene in instances of violence. Therefore, a green dot is an instance in which someone performs an act, speaks a word, or makes a choice that opposes the culture of power-based personal violence.

The theme for Monday, October 16, is Color Your Campus Green. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., everyone is invited to create and personalize a tie-dye Green Dot t-shirt for the Clothesline Project, which will take place on the Student Activities Building Green. The Clothesline Project will feature:

  • A full clothesline with shirts provided by domestic abuse survivors from Sunrise of Pasco Domestic and Sexual Violence Center, for the campus community to view;
  • Shirts decorated by campus departments, programs, teams, and organizations with messages of support for survivors to hang alongside those from Sunrise; and,
  • A mini clothesline on which attendees can write positive messages and that will be displayed throughout the month in the Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library.

Saint Leo departments and programs are invited to decorate their own department’s shirt with a message of support to survivors. Such messages can simply say, “We Believe You,” “I support survivors,” or other encouraging thoughts. These will be displayed on the clothesline along with items that have been decorated by survivors from Sunrise.

If you are able to participate in this event, please respond to green.dot@saintleo.edu. Green Dot staff will collect items until Friday, October 13.

Green Dot Melting Pot is the theme for Tuesday, October 17, for students to learn about preventing dating violence. Students may join the Green Dot staff for chocolate and cheese fondues from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms A and B of the Student Community Center. Students must RSVP at saintleotickets.com.

Cookies and Conversation will take place 1- 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 18, on the Student Activities Building Loggias. Green Dot will host, and everyone can participate in a variety of activities.

Learn what Green Dot is all about by attending bystander training from 1 to 5 p.m., Friday, October 20, in Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms A and B of the SCC. The interactive training will teach you what you need to know to make University Campus a safe place for everyone. To attend, send a confirmation email to green.dot@saintleo.edu.

For more information, email green.dot@saintleo.edu or call (352) 521-3358.

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