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Rosemarie's Talk at Fordham University Video
Rosemarie D’Alessandro was asked to speak at the Fordham University Manhattan campus to the National Honor Society Psychology Chapter.The topic for the evening was "How can we protect our children?” Rosemarie spoke about her experiences dealing with Joan’s murder, and the parole fight and law changes that followed. Click here to see the complete presentation video.

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"The Story of Joan, The Angel Advocate”

Joan was 7 years old when she was sexually assaulted and murdered while delivering her last 2 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to a neighbor in Hillsdale, NJ on April 19, 1973.

Although Joan's life was brutally taken by her own neighbor, Joan's spirit lives on and gave her mother, Rosemarie, the strength to have valiantly fought to keep her daughter's killer, Joseph McGowan, in prison despite parole eligibility and appeals.

The laws at the time prompted Rosemarie to help enact Joan's Law, (now passed at the State and Federal levels) which is legislation that denies parole to anyone covictedo f of molesting and killing a child under age 14. Although the law is not retroactive, and cannot apply to McGowan, it was a huge step in legislation and is now on the books to help in other cases. McGowan currently remains in prison.

The Joan Angela D’Alessandro Foundation  was formed in 1998 to promote child safety via programs we provide and legislation we advocate. In addition, we provide support to neglected and abused children through fun and educational excursions; and we help victims of crime by way of consultation. Joan’s story has brought hope through awareness and prevention. The lives of thousands will continue to benefit from the impact of her legacy.

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