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ON A PERSONAL NOTE:
I never really thought of myself as a geek, but I think I am. I love all things high-tech, the Food Channel, and disco dancing. I’m the kind of person who buys the clothes that no one else wants, will dress up like a zombie and do “Thriller” down Main Street on Halloween, and will clear out my living room to create a dance floor for a party. I think that spells g-e-e-k...no wait, G-E-E-K! Oh well. Good thing I love geeks too. My “mainstream” loves are tennis, cooking, hiking, hangin’ with my fabo kids and hubby, and having fun with friends (especially if it involves disco dancing!).
You cannot be free, if you are not safe. Could there be a more true statement? I do this work so we can all be free. Free to live a life without fear. Free to love and trust. Free to take risks. Free to be ourselves. Free to share. Free to succeed. Free to expect the best from others, and get it. This intense desire for full and complete freedom drives me in this work. The anger I feel when I see our freedom oppressed and the sadness I know when I listen to stories of freedom denied, propels me forward in the effort to get it right.
I spent years and years doing good work in this field…hosting events, planning awareness weeks, bringing in speakers, publishing newsletters. I never once, however, thought what I was doing could really end violence. I just knew I had to make some noise. I convinced myself that doing these things was good enough. It was a comfortably numb place to be. It wasn’t until Green Dot etc. was born that I felt my numbness being replaced by a stinging drive to mix it up, rethink everything I’d learned and thought was gospel, and do something that made sense in a new way. I have been reignited by Green Dot etc., as have many people across the country. I am honored to be a part of this new approach to violence prevention and look forward to the new-found freedom it will bring us all.
Marigail Sexton, M.S. has 20 years of experience in the field of sexual violence and related issues. She is currently the Director of Communications for Green Dot etc. and in collaboration with Dorothy Edwards, she worked on the initial development of the Green Dot etc. violence prevention strategy. Her work experience has focused on the prevention of sexual violence and substance abuse across settings, and prior positions include: Communications and Program Development Coordinator for the Violence, Intervention, and Prevention Center at the University of Kentucky; Executive Director of Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs; Program Coordinator with the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Services; and Project Coordinator for the UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women. Marigail was also active in sexual violence prevention work in Virginia. During her time there, Marigail directed substance abuse and sexual violence prevention programming and intervention services at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University. She provided statewide leadership on those issues during her employment as a Student Affairs Specialist for the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
At Green Dot, etcetera, our work goes beyond the Green Dot program itself. As leaders in violence prevention, we provide training, technical assistance, and program development for individuals, schools, and organizations both domestically and internationally as they work to foster safe communities. We are proud to be a technical assistance provider for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women Campus Program. To learn more about that initiative, please visit our OVW Technical Assistance section.
We are collaborating with Hollaback to support their amazing efforts to address street harassment. To learn more about Street Harassment and how you can do your part to reduce it, check out ihollaback.org.