NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College women's soccer program will host a "Green Dot Game" when the Camels face UMass Dartmouth on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m.
Green Dot is an international violence prevention program, implemented by the College in 2010, that trains students, faculty and staff in bystander intervention, and the endeavor for Saturday's game is being organized with the goal of increasing awareness to help prevent sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking on campus and in our communities.
"I feel that Green Dot provides a safe and supportive community on campus, and it reminds us to look out for others," said senior co-captain Erin O'Brien Powers. "Our team has the saying 'be your sister's keeper,' and by supporting Green Dot, we are also promoting this culture campus-wide. By having concrete tactics of how to approach these situations, Green Dot decreases the bystander effect and increases the sense of responsibility for each individual on our campus to look out for others."
Senior co-captain Zoe Stublarec echoed O'Brien Powers' thoughts on Green Dot from both a campus-wide and program standpoint.
"Our team saying that we will be our sister's keeper is the idea that if a situation were to arise where we see a teammate in a potentially unsafe situation, we have a duty to step in and intervene. To me, Green Dot is a community-wide extension of this idea. The Connecticut College community works as a team to use the Green Dot model to ensure that students feel safe on our campus."
Men's ice hockey hosted the school's inaugural "Green Dot Game" on Feb. 4, 2012 and continues to do so annually, while several other athletic programs have been supporting the initiative during their home events as well throughout each academic year. Fans are encouraged to wear green on Saturday, and all of the members of the Camel women's soccer team will be wearing green socks during the match to support the worthy cause.
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