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UALR Green Dot program hopes to reduce violence and sexual assaults
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UALR Green Dot program hopes to reduce violence and sexual assaults


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - One in five women is sexually assaulted on a college campus and often chooses not to report it. "There have been times in my life where that's none of my business type thing," Kalan Horton, a student at UALR says. But after the abduction and killing of a University of Arkansas at Little Rock student named Patricia Guardado, the university wanted everyone to feel responsible for changing the culture.

Dr. Erin Finzer with the Green Dot program says, "We know that traditional violence and crime prevention efforts that focus on perpetrators or victims don't really work because crime statistics haven't changed in 20 some odd years."

UALR is the first and only Arkansas school investing in resources to host the Green Dot program on a university campus. Finzer continues, "It's important for the bystander, for all of us, to feel empowered and able to intervene."

The violence prevention program trains students and staff on various techniques to ensure there is always someone around to see an act of violence about to occur and try to prevent it. Horton says, "If the least bit you can do is say something."

For more information on the Green Dot program, click here.


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