I am truly honored to be the Jane Doe No More 2016 Dr. Henry C. Lee Award & Recognition Dinner event emcee.
Join me on March 18th for an elegant gathering of friends and supporters recognizing the important work of Jane Doe No More and honoring remarkable individuals and organizations who exemplify Dr. Lee’s passion, through their extraordinary commitment and unwavering dedication to ending the silence, and improving the lives of sexual assault survivors.
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Mariska Hargitay and Joyful Heart Foundation is a recipient this year. When Mariska started playing Detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the content of the scripts, as well as the work she did to prepare for te role, opened her eyes to the epidemics of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse.
But what really opened her eyes—and subsequently, her heart—was the fan mail she received. The fact that these individuals were revealing their personal stories of assault and abuse to someone they knew only as a character on television demonstrated to Mariska, and to all of us, how desperate they were to be heard, believed, supported and healed. Her response was to create Joyful Heart.
Jim Clark and Victims Right Center is also a recipient. Victim Rights Center of CT (VRCCT) provides quality legal services to victims of adult sexual assault, child physical & sexual abuse, homicide, elder abuse and violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgendered (LGBT) people, regardless of income.
VRCCT provides victim-focused services that are outside the reach or contemplation of the traditional criminal justice system but which are critical to protecting a survivor’s rights, privacy and dignity. Attorney Clark prosecuted violent crimes Connecticut for more than twenty years, serving and interacting with victims on a daily basis and founded VRCCT in 2013.
Jane Doe No More is improving the way society responds to survivors of sexual assault through education, awareness, advocacy, and support.
Founded by one of my “she-roes” Donna Palomba who took her own personal pain and trauma as a victim of sexual assault and transformed it into an organization that continues to save and heal lives through programs, awareness and online resources.
Thank you also to the Petit Family Foundation for once again being a presenting sponsor of this event.
Please be a part of an evening that will help continue the important mission of Jane Doe No More. For more information and to order tickets visit Dr. Henry C. Lee Award and Recognition Dinner.