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Northwest Missouri State University


Northwest campus (Photo by University Photography)
Northwest campus with red dots (Photo by University Photography)
Northwest campus with green dots (Photo by University Photography)
Northwest campus with green dots (Photo by University Photography)

What's Green Dot?

Red Dots

On our campus map, imagine a red dot represents an act of relationship and sexual violence. One red dot is a single moment in time where someone’s choices, actions, words or behaviors are used to harm someone else. Enough single red dots have added up to create a campus culture that allows unacceptable rates of violence. A red dot might be someone using alcohol as a weapon to sexually assault another person, humiliating or threatening a partner, or continuing to call an ex even after they have made it clear the relationship is over. 

Green Dots

Now imagine a Green Dot on the map of Northwest covering that red dot. This Green Dot is a single moment in time when someone uses their words, actions, or behaviors to interrupt a red dot from happening. If everyone did one single Green Dot, those small actions would add up on our campus map and result in a reduction in violence.

A Green Dot could be reactive (in response to a red dot) or proactive (without even seeing a red dot happen):