Summit on Violence Prevention Planned for Nov. 10

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 27, 2008 – A “Summit on Violence Prevention: Ending Domestic and Sexual Violence” is planned for Nov. 10 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The summit will be held from 1-3 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall.

Participants in the summit will be part of an exclusive group of Southeast Missourians who will be among the first in the state to be introduced to the “green dot” model of violence prevention.

“Southeast Missourians want to stop rape, domestic violence and stalking,” said Dr. Linda Keena, assistant professor of criminal justice and sociology at Southeast. “You might think that’s an impossible goal. But, quite simply, it is possible.”

Those attending the summit will be an integral part of developing a key component of the “green dot” model. Participants will join in facilitated discussions about how business, education, media, government, faith organizations and many other groups can generate “green dots.”

Under the model to be introduced at the summit, a “green dot” is any behavior, choice, word or attitude that promotes safety for everyone and communicates utter intolerance for rape, domestic violence and stalking. A green dot is intervening in a high risk situation, sponsoring a fund raiser for prevention efforts, responding to a victim blaming statement with words of support, hanging a prevention paper in your office or business and teaching children about respect. A green dot also is the placement of a link on your Web site to a local prevention program and providing safety information at the counter of a business.

“A green dot is simply your individual choice at any given moment to make our campus and community safer,” Keena said.

Keena encourages residents from across the region to “let your voice be heard on this important and powerful day.”

The summit is hosted by the VICTORY Program and the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology at Southeast Missouri State University.