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The Revised Words for the White Butterfly Sculpture

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The Sculpture will bring awareness to child safety and protection not only for now but for future generations. Please sign the attached petition to show your support for the words below. Joan was a loving little girl who was full of life and would stand up for others. She was a spunky, caring and balanced child who liked daffodils, dogs, dancing, whistling, high diving and the colors green and orange. She also liked joking around, playing the piano, listening to “Ode to Joy” (her favorite song) and being a Girl Scout Brownie. Joan left her home to deliver cookies to her neighbor three houses away and never came back. She was lured and her life was taken on Holy Thursday. Her body was found three days later, on Easter Sunday, in Harriman State Park, NY. The neighbor was convicted of murder in the first degree and sentenced to life. He was eligible for parole after serving only 14 years. This tragedy and injustice sparked a movement of positive change that began in Hillsdale to protect children and keep them safe. Joan will always be remembered for inspiring the passage of laws that ensure victims’ rights and keep child predators behind bars without parole. Joan’s Law, NJ — April 3, 1997 Federal Joan’s Law — October 30, 1998 Justice for Victims Law — November 17, 2000 Joan’s Law, NY — September 15, 2004 It was in April of 2006 that Joan’s mom visited the Harriman State Park site for the second time and saw a white butterfly behind the split boulder in which Joan was found. Since then, the white butterfly has become a sign of her joyful and free spirit, giving many a sense of hope, love and peace. Joan’s legacy protects all children in the United States and brings awareness to child safety and protection forever.

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