On a summer afternoon, Vanessa left her family home to go for a short walk. She was tragically killed by an act of violence. A male has been charged with aggravated assault and battery and assault with attempt to rape. We anticipate that the accused will soon be charged with murder.
Vanessa’s senseless death fuels our need to speak out. More than 600 women are assaulted each day. We need to fight back. We need to step up. We need to advocate for a world where women are safe and free to live boldly, which is what the Vanessa T. Marcotte Foundation is all about.
We strive for this goal by partnering with organizations that deliver educational programs to promote female empowerment, challenge and undermine gender stereotypes, and provide mentorship opportunities. We believe these efforts will ultimately help reduce violence against women in our society.
We are just getting started. Over the coming weeks and months, we will share more about our agenda, our activities, and our partners. We believe that by joining this important cause, we can work together to make a difference. And we know that Vanessa would want us to do so. We hope you'll join our fight.