Sexual Assault Prevention Month

April 4, 2014

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the United States. We would have to be living under a rock if we didn’t recognize that sexual violence is pervasive in our society. It occurs in our homes, our neighborhoods, our schools, our communities, our workplaces, and even in venerable institutions, like our military. No one is…

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International Women’s Day

March 9, 2014

Yesterday, March 8, the City of Burlington acknowledged International Women’s Day by holding an event at City Hall celebrating women. It was exceptionally well-organized and well-attended and I, among several others, had the privilege of speaking to attendees. Here is my speech, offered in memory of my Laura. On the evening of this day, exactly…

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For Laura

March 6, 2014

On a starless frigid night in early March Laura left me abruptly. With neither desire nor intention to A choice not hers to make. I struggle endlessly to erase From my mind’s eye My daughter’s broken body Flung upon the back seat of her car. Wanting to remember only Her radiant smile. The way sunshine…

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March 8, 2014

February 28, 2014

It was nine years ago on March 8, 2005 that Laura was abducted, raped, and murdered. Each year, determining how to mark the day has been difficult for my family and me. We approach it with lots of sorrow and a good portion of dread. About a month ago, we learned that March 8 is…

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Volunteers

February 26, 2014

For every Laura’s March, as well as all our silent auction events, the LKW Fund has relied on the many wonderful people who volunteer their time to assist us and make our events happen. Lisa Weber, Becky Grenier, Deb and Tom DeFranzo, Pierrette, Michael and Patrick Gilbert, Martine Patterson, Heather Habich, Laura Miller, Robert Hisnay,…

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No More!

February 16, 2014

NOMORE.ORG reports that millions of people each year are physically and sexually assaulted, statistics that should outrage and alarm each and every one of us and motivate us to do what we can to support organizations that seek to end this travesty so that our homes and communities become safer places for all. Visit their…

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Achievement Award to Joan Carson

February 16, 2014

We congratulate Joan Carson for the Lifetime Achievement Award she will be receiving from KidSafe Collaborative.  Joan, the Clinical Director of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program and Emergency Room nurse at Fletcher Allen Health Care, has worked ceaselessly on behalf of adult and child survivors of sexual abuse, not only ensuring they get outstanding…

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Welcome to the LKW Fund Blog

February 1, 2014

This blog is a new addition to our Web site on which we’ll post monthly news briefs, Fund updates, activities, reflections, and tributes to Laura. President Obama recently issued this statement about sexual violence: “It is about all of us — our moms, our wives, our sisters, our daughters, our sons. Sexual assault is an…

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