"I would like to just say thank you for this opportunity. I think this class truly is a life changing couple of hours and is definitely necessary in a world like today. The fact that this class was free was a great benefit."
- Katy Hellmann, Watertown Class
"My daughter and I both came away from the class empowered with useful information/techniques and we're both grateful that we attended. This program would be worthwhile even if I was required to pay to attend. Women must learn techniques to keep themselves safe and to escape a bad situation should it arise. I simply can't thank you enough for this valuable public service. Your staff members are to be commended for a job well done!"
-Terry & Marisa Wagner (Mom/daughter), Marlborough, CT
"I was very impressed by the class and the instructors and am very appreciative of the foundations and corporations that made this possible, and the church for hosting this. What a wonderful service to the community. Please pass along my thanks and gratitude to the sponsors."
- Jeanie Pannullo, Mill Plain Union Church, Waterbury Class
"The instructors were so encouraging, kind and knowledgeable. I really felt they cared about my safety. Thank you so very much.....what you're doing is vital. I can't believe the class was free.....and I'm so glad it was. I don't know that I would have been as readily agreeable to sign up had we had to pay. A HUGE thank you to the sponsors. Priceless."
-Marni Baggett, Tribury Class
"I loved this class so much. I met some great women, and just from this one class I feel stronger, more confident and I'm eager to take another class! I feel that having the trainers actually "grab" you was the most valuable. Being able to get into a mindset similar to the situations that the class is protecting us from really allowed me to give it my all and allowed me to train myself to react if something like that ever happened."
- Saleana Carneiro, Brookfield
"I really appreciated the way the instructors checked out that you mastered each technique. They also allowed for input from the students while still keeping things on track. Please pass along my thanks and gratitude to the sponsors."
- Debbie, New Haven
…a very effective video…The message is strong, clear and graphic."
- Thomas E. Flaherty, Executive Director, CT Police Officer Standards and Training
"Very powerful…very personal. It is a reminder to officers that the victims are real
people experiencing real pain."
- Craig Miller, Deputy Chief, Dallas Police Department, Texas
"This is a very positive display relating how important the information is passed onto law enforcement, especially first responders. The message is very informative, and a great training tool. A real good combination of efforts on everyone in the CD. "Duty Trumps Doubt is a phenomenal coordination of information from sexual assault survivors, law enforcement, and various professionals. The first responder's positive initial interaction will prevent a sexual assault victim being victimized twice. Tragic incidents are life altering for a victim."
- Colonel Joseph P. Moran, Chief of Police, Central Falls, Rhode Island; President of RICPA
"Overall, a great video that can be utilized as roll call training or distributed to
officers for viewing during down time on the street with PD vehicle laptops."
- Ed Moore, Chief of Police (retired), Saratoga Springs, New York
"Very powerful message. I think it is a good video for new and experienced
officers. Nicely done."
- Colonel Robert Coupe, Superintendent of Delaware State Police
"Great idea and concept. These events are stressful to the officer too. Team
efforts tend to keep one problem officer from mistreating the victim."
- W. Keith Denning, Commander, Mansfield Police Department, Texas
"The video is right on point. How we initially conduct business as a police officer
and as a person will have a lasting effect on the victim, on the crime scene, the
prosecution and ultimately on the perception of the police. The video provides a
very important message that we can all learn from even after being involved in
the law enforcement profession for over 35 years."
- Jim Peschong, Asst. Chief of Police, Lincoln, Nebraska
"Wow, this video dispels the myths about sexual assault that are not only
damaging to the victims but also dangerous to society's understanding of sexual
violence. A must see for law enforcement!"
- Chief Anthony J. Silva, Director, RI Municipal Police Academy
"There are some VERY powerful moments, and I like very much that you zeroed
in on one theme--believing the victim.
Congratulations. I have no doubt you will reach many cops delivering the
message the way you did."
- Susan Herman, Recipient of Dr. Henry C. Lee Award 2011
"Well done…perfect length to be used as a refresher — for roll call."
- Chris Havens, Operations Commander, Burleson Police Department, Texas
"This would be a good sensitivity video to show to recruits in the basic academy."
- W.A. Cortez, Captain, Garland Police Department, Texas
"Excellent reminder to be sensitive to the needs of victims."
- Lee Shelinberger, Patrol Officer, Gang Specialist, Arlington Police Department, Texas
"Great refresher of the human issue of sexual assault…'how would I want my family member to be treated'…I can see this at roll call or in a sexual assault investigations class."
- Tim Canas, Lieutenant, Arlington Police Department, Texas
"This is a great video for officers to watch and learn from. Thank you for sharing your story."
- Maranda Tupper, UTSA Police Department
"I have been training civilian law enforcement for 25+ years. In the last 15 years I have been training issues as they pertain to violence against women. For the past 20+ months I have been working for the Air Force assisting them in addressing sexual assault and providing a more effective response to this crime. I was very impressed with your video and plan to utilize it in training first responders as well as specialized investigators. Thank you for the work you do!"
- David Thomas, Senior Advisor, USAF Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office
"It is an excellent encapsulation of the importance of believing victims and treating them with dignity and respect, regardless of how they present themselves after the crime. I believe that all first responders should be trained on the effects of trauma on individuals, and this video is a great tool toward that education."
- Ruth A. Reynolds Director of Advocacy VIBS Family Violence and Rape Crisis Center Holbrook, NY
"Our students were moved by how brave the speakers were for sharing their personal stories. Hearing from survivors first hand will have a lasting impact."
- Katelyn Giulino, Health Teacher, Naugatuck High School
"The guest speaker was nice because she was talking about healthy and unhealthy relationships, saying yes or no when someone asks you to go on a date with that person, and drugs."
- Kelly Ortiz, Student, Naugatuck High School
"I really enjoyed listening to what the guest speakers had to say yesterday. I thought it was very informative and important for teens- especially our age- to hear. This is an issue people face out in the world, and I like how informative they were to address that topic. I also appreciate how brave they were to get up there and share their stories since that's a really tough thing to do. I know so much more from yesterday than I knew and I'd like to thank them for that."
- H.R., Student, Naugatuck High School
"Having the opportunity to observe the presentation from behind the students, one very noticeable piece was that all of the students were fully engaged throughout - I didn't see one cellphone being used. This speaks volumes! And following the presentation, all I've heard is very positive feedback."
- Donna Rusak, Assistant Superintendent, Avon Public Schools, Avon, CT
"Thank you again for such an impactful presentation - great first run, and I look forward to working with you on more education and awareness about this very important topic."
- Cheryl Edwards, Health Teacher, Avon High School
"I think we really made students think, and we started a conversation that definitely needs to continue. Thank you Jane Doe No More"
- Mike Sienna, President of Criminal Justice Club, Quinnipiac University
"We were really surprised by the personal stories they told. That really made us pay attention."
- Anonymous Student, Quinnipiac University
"Everyone was highly impacted by your stories. The team definitely wants to continue our partnership moving forward."
- Sgt Jason Hyland – UConn Police Dept START Team
"I have seen first-hand the positive impact this organization has had on survivors of sexual assault, their families and loved ones, and society as a whole."
- Dr. Henry C. Lee, Internationally renowned forensic scientist, Founder, Henry C. Lee Forensic Institute, University of New Haven
" Jane Doe No More is giving hope to victims and building a vocal, vibrant and visible survivor community. The feedback from their programs and services has been tremendous and they are poised for growth. "
- Charles Boulier III, CEO, Ion Bank
"I have known Donna Palomba, the founder of Jane Doe No More, for twenty years. Their mission is vital and necessary; more now than ever before. Jane Doe No More has steadily established credibility, nurtured relationships, developed important programs and is well positioned for growth."
- Neil O'Leary, Mayor, City of Waterbury, CT
"As an Advisory Board member and strong supporter I know first hand the important work of this organization. The crime of sexual assault is front and center everyday in the news and Jane Doe No More plays an important role in educating all of us about the crime and its aftermath. "
- Rick Caswell, CFO. Sikorsky Aircraft (retired)