Green Dot Program in BisMan Area

BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota Department of Health is expanding Green Dot, a sexual violence primary prevention strategy, to the Bismarck-Mandan area.

The goal of the green dot program is to intervene where violence, or red dots, could happen.

"Red dot is a violent behavior, its an action, its a moment in time, where someone chooses to hurt someone else. It could be a sexual assault, it could be someone to hit someone else, it could be an act of stalking... Those are red dots that fill our community map," said Mallory Sattler, Domestic Violence/ Rape Crisis Program Coordinator at NDDOH.

Professionals say the preventative program will train people in the Bismarck/Mandan area to be active bystanders and direct, delegate, distract, and be proactive.

"It is a team approach, its going to be a community effort, it isn't just an effort of our organization," said Rene Stromme, Prevention and Education Coordinator at the Abused Adult Resource Center.

AARC in Bismarck will lead the program.

"We're currently working on recruiting that team, and really hopeful there's lots of interest and that we can get some applications from people in the community," said Stromme.

Rene Stromme says it will bring about seven to eight people to Grand Forks to train them and applications will be on the website by July first. You can also go to the AARC facebook page for more information.

Sattler says this is the fourth site in the state that's implemented green dot. The other locations are Fargo, Valley City, and Grand Forks.