FAIRBANKS, Alaska - This Sunday, the UAF Green Dot program is working to make campus a safer place by educating students and giving them the skills to prevent violence from occurring.
Green Dot is a prevention program for sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.
It works by empowering bystanders to recognize signs of violence, and how to safely intervene.
Students will learn the three D's: direct, delegate and distract.
Proactive Green Dot users can address the situation directly, delegate the issue to someone else, or distract by creating a diversion that interrupts a violent choice, known as a red dot.
College campuses have a reputation for high rates of sexual assault; and Alaska, as a whole, has some of the highest rates in the country.
Through the Green Dot program, colleges are working to reduce the number of cases.
Amy Cross; Diversity and Prevention Coordinator>>"It's just so important for students, staff and faculty to all be invested in preventing violence on our campus. I mean we know statistics nationally for violence on campus are too high and these things exist and happen, and so it's just one part of our larger prevention strategy here on campus to make sure that, everyone knows that, that kind of violence is not tolerated here. And that's not what part of being at UAF means."