The Laura Kate Winterbottom Memorial Fund is a non-profit 501(c)3 foundation established in 2005 by the family and friends of Laura after her abduction, rape, and murder on March 8, 2005. The LKW Fund is dedicated to carrying on the legacy of Laura’s love for art, nature, and teaching children, as well as her compassion for the less fortunate; and to eliminating the sexual violence that took her life.
This will be my second year participating in Laura’s March, a 5 K walk/run in memory of Laura Kate Winterbottom. Funds raised will go toward the following programs:
- the Women’s Rape Crisis Center and Frog Hollow Art Center in their collaborative art project with a two-fold objective: to provide sexual assault victims a means of healing by giving them a voice through the art itself; and to run workshops and exhibits of the finalized art pieces for middle and high school youths to build an appreciation of art, bring awareness to the pervasive problem of sexual violence, and teach the understanding and compassion that is necessary for positive social change.
- for the FAHC S.A.N.E. Program for nurses to attend the annual meeting of the International Association of Forensic Nurses in Pittsburgh to augment their skills in dealing with victims of sexual violence
This year, while participating in the march, my heart and mind will be focused on the strength and endurance of the women and children of South Africa. South Africa has the highest rate of rape in the world, including child and baby rape, with one person estimated to be raped every 26 seconds.
If you’d like to sponsor me, please visit my FirstGiving Page.
In the US, a woman is raped every 6 minutes; a woman is battered every 15 seconds.
In North Africa, 6,000 women are genitally mutilated each day.
This year, more than 15,000 women will be sold into sexual slavery in China.
200 women in Bangladesh will be horribly disfigured when their spurned husbands or suitors burn them with acid. More than 7,000 women in India will be murdered by their families and in-laws in disputes over dowries. Violence against women is rooted in a global culture of discrimination
which denies women equal rights with men and which legitimizes the appropriation of
women’s bodies for individual gratification or political ends. Every year, violence in the home and the community devastates the lives of millions of women.
~Broken Bodies, Shattered Minds: Torture and Ill Treatment of Women, Amnesty International, 2001