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Hundreds attend Missoula event to support victims of violence

By Faith Smith, KECI Reporter, fcronin@keci.com
Published On: Mar 06 2013 09:49:36 PM MST
Hundreds attend Missoula event to support victims of violence
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Wednesday evening in Missoula nearly 200 people lined the Higgins Avenue bridge in the pouring rain to show their support for victims of sexual assault.

A pair of Missoula women organized the grassroots event called 1,000 Flowers, to encourage women to come out and report sexual assault.

Organizers say an alleged victim from a recent high-profile rape trial inspired the event.

They tell NBC Montana they want women to feel comfortable in coming out about sexual assault because there is a community to support them.

“I think the message we want to send is support for people's courage, don't be afraid to come forward the community is behind you,” said organizer Erin Sipe.  “We have an amazing and supportive community here with people who want to help people heal.”

Members of the international effort One Billion Rising also joined in the event this evening, showing their support of ending violence against women worldwide and in Missoula.

For more information you can visit the '1000 Flowers' page on Facebook.