The No More Violence Conference is underway in Great Falls and on Monday night, a community tribute showed support to victims of child abuse, sexual assault, school shootings, and missing and murdered Indigenous women.
A small crowd gathered at Great Falls College MSU to listen to two speakers and watch a performance by Untapp3d.
A group also gathered to release dove-shaped balloons into the air in honor of violence victims.
The No More Violence Conference welcomes speakers from across the country including Shan Foster of YWCA Nasvhille’s AMEND Together, and former NBA basketball player. Foster will speak on "Men’s Role in Ending Violence Against Women."
Members from Illuminate Colorado will also speak during the week, presenting "Overcoming Barriers to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse."
My Life My Choice out of Boston will touch on topics including survivor healing and sex trafficking prevention nationwide, and Dr. Kathryn Wells, MD, of the Kempe Center at the University of Colorado School of Medicine will present "Substance Use and the Impact on Children."
Tuesday, April 3rd:
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. GFC MSU East Lawn- Pinwheel Planting with Sunnyside Elementary School
Noon-1:00 p.m. GFC MSU Heritage Hall- Luncheon, "Make Your Move Campaign to Prevent Sexual Assault" with Brenda Merill, Missoula City/County Relationship Violence Services
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. GFC MSU Heritage Hall- "Intimate Partner Violence in the Military" with Lizzie Brandeberry, Veterans’ & Treatment Court Coordinator.
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. GFC MSU Heritage Hall- "Men’s Role in Ending Violence Against Women", with Shan Foster Former NBA Player, Director of Nasvhille’s AMEND Together.
Wednesday, April 4th:
Noon-1:00 p.m. GFC MSU Heritage Hall- Luncheon, "Suicide in Montana: Facts, Figures and Formulas for Prevention" with Karl Rosston, LCSW Suicide Prevention Coordinator. "Suicide Prevention App" with Alliance for Youth.
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. GFC MSU Heritage Hall- "Overcoming Barrers to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse" with Illuminate Colorado.
Thursday, April 5th:
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. GFC MSU Heritage Hall- "Supporting Vulnerable Youth Experiencing Homelessness" with Kim Leighton.
11:30 a.m.-Noon GFC MSU Heritage Hall- "Tumbleweed Homeless Youth Drop-In Center; Opportunities and Challenges" with Georgia Cady.
Noon – 1:00 p.m. GFC MSU Heritage Hall- "Homelessness in Cascade County" Panel Discussion.
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. GFC MSU Heritage Hall- "Human Trafficking: How We Can Partner to Address $ Prevent It" with My Life My Choice.
Friday, April 6th:
Noon-1:30 p.m. GFC MSU Heritage Hall-Luncheon, "Substance Use and the Impact on Children" with Dr. Kathryn Wells Kempe Center.
1:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. GFC MSU Heritage Hall- "Who We Are & What We Do" with Cascade County Multidisciplinary Team.