(WTNH) – Statistics report that every 107 seconds, someone in America is killed in a domestic violence act. While April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, two Connecticut foundations are working hard to continue to educate and inform students, the public, and law enforcement about the repercussions of a sexual assault incident.
Jane Doe No More, founded by Donna Palomba is improving the way society responds to survivors of sexual assault through education, awareness, advocacy, and support. Palomba was sexually assaulted in 1993 and used her horrific experience to educate and help pass new regulations that can benefit victims of sexual assault. “Jane Doe No More was born out of my personal experience and the re-victimization afterwards was really horrific and was detrimental to my healing process, and so we’re setting out to educate everyone,” said Palomba.
Dr. William Petit, of the Petit Family Foundation, stresses the importance of counseling for victims. “(Victims) attempt to get counseling through family and friends, and your family and friends can help somewhat, but they need to be your family and friends and you really should have professional counsel,” said Dr. Petit.
April 19th Take Back the Night at Quinnipiac University
April 23rd FREE Escape Alive Self Defense Class in Bethlehem
April 29th FREE Escape Alive Self Defense Class Wilby Carer Academy+
The Petit Family Foundation was founded to honor the victims of the Cheshire Home Invasion Jennifer Hawke-Petit, Hayley Elizabeth Petit, and Michaela Rose Petit, as well as to educate the public and support those affected by violence. To learn more, head to http://petitfamilyfoundation.org/
Jane Doe No More, Inc. was founded in 2007 to improve the way society responds to victims of sexual violence. Through education, awareness, advocacy and support programs, Jane Doe No More has had a direct and lasting impact on sexual violence victims in Connecticut and across the country. To learn more, visit https://www.janedoenomore.org/