Culture Connect Featured Event
Nationally recognized advocate and speaker Donna Palomba adds “author” to her resume with the September 18, 2012 release of her new book, “Jane Doe No More: My 15-Year Fight to Reclaim My Identity – A True Story of Survival, Hope and Redemption.” The release will be celebrated Friday, October 5, 2012 with a reception at Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC), Technology Hall, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT. The event, which begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 7p.m., is free and open to the public. Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary and NVCC President Daisy Cocco DeFillipis will be featured speakers at the celebration.
“Jane Doe No More” opens with a masked intruder entering Donna’s home on a late summer night in 1993. What follows is the riveting account of her brutal sexual assault and her long journey to justice: it took eleven years for police to identify her attacker. Along the way, Donna battled not just the stigmas facing all sexual assault victims, but an incompetent crime-scene investigation and detectives who did not believe her story. Donna’s relentless strength and determination led not only to the arrest and conviction of her assailant, but also to procedural changes in the local police department, a change in Connecticut state law, and the formation of Jane Doe No More, Incorporated, a national non-profit dedicated to improving the way society responds to victims of sexual assault through community education, training for first-responders nationwide, and programs for survivors (www.janedoenomore.org).
“Jane Doe No More” co-author M. William Phelps is an investigative journalist, the star of Investigation Discovery’s Dark Minds, and the best-selling, award-winning author of more than twenty non-fiction works. The book will be available for purchase at the October 5 celebration; proceeds from the sale of the book that evening will be donated to Jane Doe No More, Incorporated. Donna Palomba will read from the book and be available to sign copies.
The event is sponsored in part by the Office of the President, NVCC; the NVCC Women’s Center; the NVCC Office of the Associate Dean; Jane Doe No More, Incorporated. NVCC hospitality students will prepare a selection of hors d’ouevres, and have donated wine for the event. For more information or to become a sponsor, contact