Flathead group promotes movement against gender-based violence


KALISPELL, Mont. - Soroptimist of Whitefish is promoting the #MeToo movement, which is part of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.

Soroptimist International is a global volunteer organization that works to better the lives of women.

Orange is the color observed for the campaign. Statues of orange women can be seen in front of businesses in downtown Whitefish through Dec. 10.

#MeToo buttons are on the statues for people in the community to take to wear and show they support the movement. The buttons show that a person is ready to talk about gender-based violence.

Soroptimist of Whitefish member Bonnie Baker told NBC Montana the more we talk about it, the better.

"We just hope that by wearing the button people start talking about it. A victim may not be ready to share their story right now, but if we all wear the button it will tell them that they are not alone," said Baker.

Baker said people are ready to listen. She has replaced the buttons on the statues a few times just this week.

The group also encourages people to share their stories on its website.

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