Jane Doe No More founder to be featured on Fox 61

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Donna Palomba

NAUGATUCK — Jane Doe No More founder Donna Palomba will be featured Friday on Connecticut’s Fox 61 news during the 9 a.m. news hour.

Jane Doe No More is a national non-profit, based in Naugatuck, dedicated to changing the way society responds to victims of sexual assault. Palomba founded the organization in 2007. In 1993, she was sexually assaulted during a home invasion and her case was mishandled by law enforcement personnel.

Palomba will talk about the stigmas that persist around sexual assault and encourage people to learn more about this crime during April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. She will be joined by Drew and Daniele Serrano of East Coast Training Systems, which offer “Escape Alive Survival Skills” training in partnership with Jane Doe No More.

Last week, New York’s WPIX 11 invited Palomba to provide insight and commentary in a case involving New York City police officer Michael Pena. Charged with raping a woman at gunpoint, Pena was convicted on sexual assault charges; the jury deadlocked on the rape charge, and a mistrial was declared. The decision sparked outrage.

“Victims are in a state of trauma,” Palomba told WPIX news anchor Frances Rivera. “You cannot expect them to act a certain way or to remember certain details. It is so important that victims be treated with dignity and respect, and that they are given a presumption of credibility from the onset.”

Palomba will also be featured in an upcoming episode of Biography.com’s signature series, “I Survived…Beyond and Back.” Biography.com is a part of the A&E network.

For more information, visit www.janedoenomore.com.