Green Dot Stops the Spread of Red Across AK


by Your Alaska Link News Team

ANCHORAGE-After a survey revealed 59 out of 100 women in Alaska are victims of sexual violence or intimate partner abuse, a coalition came to towns across the state."Before we started we were in a place of hopelessness," said Melissa Emmal with Abused Woman's Aid in Crisis.

Looking to stop the spread of red, five communities adopted the green dot campaign.
Rooted in the lower 48, the concept is simple, individual safety is a community effort.Anchorage, Kenai, Homer, Prince of Whales and Bethel spent the month of April focused on ending violence.

In Anchorage and Homer the local initiative partnered with bars and taxi services. Saying they felt this was a source where victimization was likely to begin.

Homer also made a giant red dot and encouraged residence to decorate green C.D.'s with messages of positive actions that could be taken to end the violence. In Bethel, they turned to the local grocery store and passed out flyers. "Each green dot is a way our community is speaking about a topic that thrives in silence," said Jessica Lawmaster with Homer's Haven House.

The goal for Prince of Whales was to tackle 300 green dots. Through the power of social media and Facebook, they conquered more than 4,000 green dots.

For more information on the green dot campaign and how you can get involved click here.


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