first_imgLipps says fear is a major obstacle… The program teaches bystanders how to respond either by directly intervening, delegating to police, or providing a distraction. Lipps says it’s important that a bystander uses their instincts and doesn’t put themselves in harm’s way. An often cited statistic is that Alaska leads the nation in domestic violence and sex crimes. Blatchford told the Council there is one register sex offender for every 293 people in the state. The LeeShore Center says in 60% of violent crimes there is a bystander, but that bystander only intervenes 15% of the time. Blatchford says the program is about encouraging people to take positive steps towards “culture change.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Ashley Blatchford and Renee Lipps from the LeeShore Center spoke to the Soldotna City Council Wednesday night about the Green Dot program, which aims to reduce violence in the community. A Green Dot is the term used to describe any action which promotes safety and blocks violence.center_img Lipps: “You have options to ‘green dot.’ So if you’re afraid, we’d like you to pick up the phone and call 911 and have the police interject, who are highly trained. If we’re not comfortable getting directly involved or delegating and we just don’t feel like we have a piece in that, we want to meet people where they are. That’s why we say you can post information, you can learn about green dot and you can get out and spread the word in our community, because every time we talk about it, we’re putting a green dot in our community.” For more, visit Blatchford: “Taking what we think of as a stereotype now and changing it to hopefully what we want it to be. That shift, that’s what we call ‘culture change’.”last_img