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Laura's Walk Against Sexual Violence

Laura Winterbottom Laura Winterbottom

Burlington, Vermont - September 6, 2008 

Dozens of friends and family remembered Laura Winterbottom Saturday.

The 31-year-old Burlington woman was raped and murdered in Burlington three and-a-half years ago. The killer was caught. The crime generated a huge wave of sympathy for the family and new efforts to stop violence against women. Members of the community, including police who worked on the case, took part in a five-kilometer fund raising walk to keep Laura's memory alive. This was the second annual Laura's Walk, put together by the Women's Rape Crisis Center and Women Helping Battered Women.

"Personally, I believe there's hope in everything, and to me this is very hopeful for our future, and there can be changes made, and we can make a difference. And there can be social change," said Kristine Bickford of the Rape Crisis Center.

Jan Christiansen of Women Helping Battered Women added, "I think it says a lot. It says a lot about how the community feels about what happened to Laura, the way the community feels about violence against women and girls, and the way the community feels about really taking action to stop violence against women and girls."

Laura Winterbottom was an artist. Some of her work, including a logo-like profile of a woman, and her initials LKW as they appeared on her business card, were incorporated into designs on balloons and posters for Laura's Walk.

For information on the two non-profit organizations and the services they offer, check out their web sites:

http://www.whbw.org/ and http://www.stoprapevermont.org/

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