NAUGATUCK —The Naugatuck Rotary Club will honor Donna Palomba, founder and president of Jane Doe No More, with the 2019 Paul Harris Award at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 12, at the Crystal Room, 98 School St. The Paul Harris Award has been presented annually since 2008 to someone who has exemplified outstanding professional achievement and community support while maintaining very high ethical standards.
The Rotary Club has donated $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation to have the privilege to award this honor.
Donna Palomba is a nationally recognized speaker, author and advocate for sexual assault survivors. Following a harrowing home invasion and assault in 1993, Ms. Palomba faced further victimization when the police department mishandled her case.
Her extraordinary strength, perseverance and leadership brought meaningful change to both police policy and Connecticut state law.
In 2007, her experience led her to found Jane Doe No More, a nonprofit charity dedicated to making the prevention of sexual violence and revictimization personal.
Over the past 12 years, the organization has grown to include a Survivors Speak Program, an Escape Alive Survival Skills self-defense class, a Safe Student Initiative from middle school through college and an award-winning first-responder video, “Duty Trumps Doubt,” which is used in police stations all over the country.
Moving forward, Jane Doe No More will continue these critical programs while focusing on the expansion of the Survivors Speak Program, giving as many survivors as possible a voice to change their own lives and, through their transformation, inspire others.
Ms. Palomba’s story was featured on Dateline NBC, in The New York Times Magazine and is chronicled in her book, “Jane Doe No More,” published in 2012.
She has been honored by numerous organizations, including the Waterbury Bar Association, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Waterbury, Waterbury Regional Chamber, Pontelandolfo Club and Soroptimist of Greater Waterbury, among others.
Tickets for the November 12 awards dinner are $40 per person and can be purchased by calling Kathy McPadden 203-910-1927.