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Carolyn S. Hennecy

Carolyn S. Hennecy - a/k/a southern blonde traveling with sense of humor and a passion for cheesecake, known to be heard several times a day declaring, "JUST PEACHY!" Advocate for domestic violence awareness; member of Sexual Violence Task Force of Tampa Bay Speakers Bureau; spokesperson for American Heart Association; motivational and inspirational speaker; Author of ORANGE BLOSSOM WISHES: Child Molested, Woman Abused - Her Victorious Journey to Freedom (Carolyn's memoirs), she will be featured on the ABC Action News (WFTS Tampa) Emmy award winning primetime special "Taking Action Against Domestic Violence" scheduled to air Friday, October 14, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
Carolyn S. Hennecy has written 205 posts for CAROLYN S. HENNECY-Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE—VERBAL AND EMOTIONAL ABUSE ARE PROGRESSIVE


It is not uncommon to hear a victim of verbal or emotional abuse say, “Well, it’s not domestic violence. He’s never hit me.” Really? Do you think demeaning or threatening words don’t cause damage, too? There were many times I stood listening to the words spewing from his mouth, telling me how useless, stupid, fat … Continue reading

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE—How Did I Get Into Another Abusive Relationship?—Part 2


After another year or two of total detachment and singlehood, I decided to try again, through the internet sites. At least my radar had finally been delivered, installed and was operative, maybe not always working at its best, but better with each new encounter. I met some real loonies, once nearly being raped, once being … Continue reading

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE—How Did I Get Into Another Abusive Relationship?—Part 1


There it was—a picture of my Daddy walking me down the aisle to be married. It startled me to finally notice, after all those years, the look on both our faces. There was no happiness or joy on our faces. We appeared as two serious generations who seemed to be walking to a gallows rather … Continue reading

PENN STATE, JOE PATERNO AND THE OTHER PLAYERS – A Blonde’s Editorial


By this time, it should not be necessary to title this post “What About the Alleged Child Sexual Assaults Perpetrated by a Staff Member of the Penn State Athletic Department?” Being a survivor of childhood sexual molestation, it is difficult for me to keep a cool head when a story of this nature breaks. The … Continue reading

When Others Try to Control Us


It’s amazing the power one person can have over another, and how they can exercise certain levels of control over another’s emotional wellbeing. Emotions can be wrecked and hearts can be broken so easily. Over the past few weeks I have had conversations with various people who shared their observations of the inhumanity of mankind … Continue reading

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND AN ATYPICAL VIEW OF THE ACORN


It all started with the writing of “The Lesson of the Oak Tree,” a tribute to one tree in one yard in my past. When the oak and I first met, I was a young mother and it was barely bigger than a sapling. I always considered it just another tree in a yard, until … Continue reading

LIVING NEXT DOOR TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?


The Florida Attorney General’s Statewide Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, in their report issued January 2011 found that “in 37% of domestic violence fatalities, family members, friends, co-workers and others were aware domestic violence was occurring.” In simpler terms, for every 3 women, men or children who die as the result of domestic violence, one … Continue reading

Parents Argue, Child Cuts—A Lesson in Self-Mutilation?


What does a child cutting have to do with domestic violence? This dilemma was recently posed to me. “I need to ask you about something. I have a friend at school that is cutting because her parents fight all the time. What should I do? “  Now, let me set the scene a bit clearer. … Continue reading

TODAY I HAVE A BIRTHDAY: What Does That Have to Do With Domestic Violence?


I never thought I’d make it to 60, but according to my birth certificate, shortly after midnight last night, I made it. I slept through it, but I woke up to love, flowers, gifts, tons of well wishes and a day full of joy and blessings. Then I began thinking. Today I am celebrating my … Continue reading

Halloween – and the last day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Personally, I find it a bit ironic that the last day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month is also the day of ghosts, goblins and tricks. Many survivors of domestic violence are still haunted by the ghosts of their past, while most victims are still being tricked into staying in an abusive or violent relationship. Ironically, … Continue reading

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – PARENTS AND CHILDREN ABUSING EACH OTHER


The majority of time, society considers domestic violence as a spouse abusing a spouse, or intimate partner abuse. How often do we hear or read reports of parents abusing their own children? We hear of babies being brutally beaten just to make them stop crying. A book that was published several years ago brought the … Continue reading

Domestic Violence Awareness Month – Carolyn speaks


I had the privilege of being interviewed by Gayle Guyardo of the Tampa NBC affiliate, WFLA, on the Channel 8 News Today morning show. We addressed my own personal story, in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please take 6 minutes to view the spot. It has some valuable information regarding domestic violence. To … Continue reading

Domestic Violence – Monster in the Closet


There is just no way I can put it any clearer than this brief video from Verizon. Domestic violence lives just around the corner, across the street, sits at the next desk in your office, or on the bleacher beside you at the children’s soccer game. “Why doesn’t she just leave?” or “It’s really none … Continue reading

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – SEE IT FOR YOURSELF


WARNING – THIS VIDEO IS NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR YOUNG VIEWERS AND MAY BE UPSETTING TO ADULTS. I’m not going to take up a lot of space here for this one. I hope that instead of spending 5 minutes reading a post, you will spend it watching this video. Diane Sawyer interviews a victim, Susan Still, … Continue reading

VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: IT’S YOUR LIFE – IT’S YOUR CHOICE


At some time or another every victim of spouse abuse or domestic/intimate partner violence will be asked, “Why don’t you just leave?” We have a list as long as our arm as to why we stay, no matter how deeply we desire to get out of the situation. WE know why we choose to stay, … Continue reading

Taking Action Against Domestic Violence – View it Here, View it Now


You can now watch the entire 1-hour prime time special, “Taking Action Against Domestic Violence” online. To view, CLICK HERE  I hope you will watch and post a comment here. If any part of my segment or the show touched you, or shed a new light upon your situation, please share. You can do it … Continue reading

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED – Taking Action Against Domestic Violence


Have you read more than one post on my blog? Do you visit often, or is this your first time here? Please let me extend a special invitation to you. On October 14, 2011, beginning at 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time, ABC Action News will air their annual primetime Emmy award winning special, TAKING ACTION AGAINST … Continue reading

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE WORKPLACE


When we are busy at the office trying to meet deadlines, getting projects completed, answering phones that are ringing off the hook, domestic violence is probably one of the last things to cross our mind—unless we are a present victim. How many of our coworkers are being buffeted by spousal or intimate partner abuse or … Continue reading

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE—WHEN BOTH PARTIES ARE ABUSERS


Have you ever known of a married couple who “just couldn’t get along?” They snipped and snapped, even in public, with no respect or regard for the other? It almost seemed as if they were egging the other on to take the first swing. Now, that is most certainly dysfunctional, but it is what I … Continue reading

WHAT BRINGS ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?


For far too long we have considered domestic violence as an anger management issue. Someone loses their temper and flies off the handle. That is only the tip of the iceberg. The driving force behind domestic/intimate partner violence is the fear of losing power and/or control over the victim. It is rare that domestic violence … Continue reading

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