Jane Doe No More: My 15-Year Fight to Reclaim My Identity--A True Story of Survival, Hope, and Redemption

Jane Doe No More: My 15-Year Fight to Reclaim My Identity--A True Story of Survival, Hope, and Redemption

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by M. William Phelps, Donna Palomba
     
 

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In 1993, Donna Palomba was raped by a masked assailant in her own home. Yet, her story is more than a victim’s tale of physical and emotional recovery. It is a story of one woman’s hunt for justice while fending off attacks by institutions designed to defend and protect her—the police department, the local government, and a community clinging to… See more details below

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In 1993, Donna Palomba was raped by a masked assailant in her own home. Yet, her story is more than a victim’s tale of physical and emotional recovery. It is a story of one woman’s hunt for justice while fending off attacks by institutions designed to defend and protect her—the police department, the local government, and a community clinging to an outrageous claim that Donna had invented the crime to cover up a sexual affair. After eleven years of struggle, Donna learned the identity of her attacker from the chief of police, who explained that the DNA from the rape kit taken a decade ago had turned up a shocking match. She later launched the Jane Doe No More organization and became a promoter of the rights of women and victims of sexual assault.

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Publishers Weekly
Phelps (I’ll Be Watching You) traces the nightmarish series of events Palomba endured after she was raped in 1993. A successful ad agency marketing executive, Palomba was bound, gagged, and sexually assaulted in her Waterbury, Conn., home while her husband was out of town. Uninterested police, however, regarded her story as a coverup of adultery: “The red flag, according to officers later, was no evidence of forced entrance into Donna’s house.” She was threatened with arrest and local gossips spread the false rumor of an extramarital affair: “old ladies, sitting around killing time, talking about a rumor... were now driving the investigation.” An arduous yet successful lawsuit against the city of Waterbury followed, leading to Palomba’s 2007 launch of the Jane Doe No More Foundation—to “improve the way society responds to victims of sexual assault”—and her subsequent appearance in a highly rated episode of Dateline NBC. Suspense builds as seasoned investigative journalist Phelps works through police reports, trial transcripts, depositions, diaries, e-mails, and extensive interviews, inserting Palomba’s first-person accounts throughout until the chilling truth about her assailant is finally discovered. 19 b&w photos. Agent: Peter Miller, Global Lion Intellectual Property Management. (Sept.)
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"This book is an evocative and compelling trip into the real experience of a heroic victim of crime—a woman who fought to survive without anonymity in our society and who fought for redemption within our system of justice. Not only is it well written, but it also provides us the knowledge and courage we need to challenge the system and be Jane Doe No More. This book will be required reading for all victims of crime and for detectives around the world. We can all learn from Donna's story."—Dr. Henry C. Lee, Distinguished Chair Professor of Forensic Sciences, University of New Haven; Founder, Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science "Jane Doe No More is the story of a true hero. Through her struggle for justice as the victim of one of the most personal and devastating kinds of violence, and her advocacy for improving the law in cases of sexual assault, Donna Palomba has given other survivors a voice of courage and hope."—The Honorable Jodi Rell, former Governor of Connecticut "Suspense builds as seasoned investigative journalist Phelps works through police reports, trial transcripts, depositions, diaries, e-mails, and extensive interviews, inserting Palomba's first-person accounts throughout until the chilling truth about her assailant is finally discovered."—Publishers Weekly
Library Journal
Palomba, a wife and mother of two, had no idea that the events of a single night in 1993 would change her life forever. That night, while her husband was away on a trip, someone entered her home in Waterbury, CT, sexually assaulted her, and threatened her life. While the assault was traumatizing enough, this book details an additional travesty: her subsequent mistreatment by the Waterbury Police Department, who believed that she fabricated the assault to cover up an affair. Veteran true-crime novelist Phelps (Never See Them Again) combines Palomba's own recollections with police reports and interviews to tell the story of a woman who battled not only a corrupt police department but also sexual assault laws that made it difficult to convict offenders after a certain time had passed. VERDICT Its focus on sexual assault, an inept police department, and Palomba's ultimately positive path to assault-victim advocacy make this stand out from other true-crime offerings. Readers who enjoy true-crime and in-depth investigative nonfiction will appreciate this title. Recommended.—Alyssa Vincent, Emporia State Univ., Wheaton, IL

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ISBN-13:
9780762778805
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/18/2012
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,333,818
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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