Child Abuse Prevention Group to Hold State Capitol Rally on Third Anniversary of AJ Freund’s Death

Next week State Senator Craig Wilcox (R-McHenry) will welcome McHenry County’s “Roar for AJ” group to the State Capitol for a rally to bring awareness to the issue of Child Abuse. The rally will take place on Thursday, April 7 in the Capitol rotunda from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

“It was three years ago this month that we learned of the horrors of AJ Freund’s life and ultimate death at the hands of his parents,” said Sen. Wilcox. “Neighbors, community members and others formed the “Roar for AJ” advocacy group, and continue to bring awareness to problems within the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services, which had multiple contacts with AJ Freund’s household during his short life. It’s a pleasure to welcome them to the State Capitol.”

According to event organizer Tracy Kotzman, the group will display an empty pair of children’s shoes for each Illinois child who has died despite involvement by DCFS. The display is open to public and is meant to honor AJ Freund and all children who died as a result of abuse in their home.

“This should be a powerful display,” added Sen. Wilcox. “I’m sure all visitors to the Capitol on April 7 will be moved by this group’s thought-provoking memorial.”

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