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Blue Being Worn to Support Child Abuse Prevention

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Some individuals wear the color blue to support a variety of causes, but when the calendar turned to the month of April, blue now represents another cause.

Linda Mettam who is a supporter of prevention and awareness recalled that "I believe it came about by one grandmother who lost her grand baby to abuse. The baby died and she tied a blue ribbon on her antennae and she wanted everyone to know what that meant."

Mettam quoted Bonnie Finney who was the grandmother previously mentioned. She never wanted to forget the battered and bruised bodies of her grandchildren.

Mettam quoted Finney saying "she wants everybody to know that bruises do turn blue, and even if you don't see bruises, look at their eyes and listen to what they say."

With several cases of abuse taking place in Great Falls, Mettam has one goal in mind for the Electric City.

Mettam's main goal is to "at least make us aware that it is happening. Prevention, that's a huge task, but we know we can educate and have more people aware."

Mettam organizes events, most notably the placing of the blue pinwheels in the Cascade County Courthouse lawn, in accordance with the national Million March Against Child Abuse. It has turned into a big event.

The 2014 event takes place this Saturday with the placing of the pinwheels at 10am. The event will continue into the late afternoon with guest speakers, and the march itself at 3pm.

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