Escape Alive course to be held Sunday

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NAUGATUCK — Jane Doe No More, Inc. and East Coast Training Systems LLC are hosting an Escape Alive Survival Skills Class for mothers and daughters.

The purpose of Escape Alive is to teach as many women as possible the techniques and concepts that can prevent them from becoming a victim of domestic violence and sexual assault. Mothers and daughters will learn hands on real self-defense skills which they may need someday to protect themselves.

“Crime is an unfortunate reality in today’s society and I was unprepared for what lay ahead after the attack as, I believe, is the case with most victims.” said Donna Palomba, founder of Jane Doe No More and herself a victim of sexual assault, in a prepared statement. “On top of the pain and suffering associated with the crime, the abuse afterward rendered the healing process all the more difficult.”

Based in Naugatuck, Jane Doe No More is a non-profit organization that works to educate people on and raise awareness about sexual assault. In 2010, the group joined forces with East Coast Training Systems to host Escape Alive classes help people learn to defend themselves.

A member of the Jane Doe No More Raising Awareness through Personal Experience (R.A.P.E.) Outreach Team will share their own personal story at the class as well.

The class will be held Nov. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Southbury Volunteer Fire Department, 461 Main St. South, Southbury. No experience is necessary. Cost for participation is $30 for adult/mother/guardian pre-registered and $15 for each daughter accompanying the mother. Day of registration is $40 for adult/mother, $20 for each daughter.

For more information on Jane Doe No More, visit www.janedoenomore.org. For more information on the Escape Alive program, or to register visit www.jdnm.escapealive.net or call Daniele Serrano at (203) 768.2866.