Carolyn S. Hennecy is the author of
ORANGE BLOSSOM WISHES:
Child Molested, Woman Abused─Her Victorious Journey to Freedom
Carolyn S. Hennecy presented “A Survivor’s Story” at the annual Mississippi Department of Public Safety CRIME STOPPERS Training Conference, jointly sponsored with University of Mississippi, in Biloxi. Carolyn addressed law enforcement, legal and judiciary, mental health counselors, social workers and advocates, drawing them into the world as experienced by victims of abuse and intimate partner violence.
Prior to that, she served as domestic violence and abuse speaker, presenting an accredited full-day seminar, “The Anatomy of Domestic Violence” at the Naval Air Station in Key West, Florida, welcomed and introduced by Commanding Officer Patrick LeFere. Various naval officers, airmen, social workers and shelter directors were in attendance. Carolyn barely caught the last flight out before a hurricane visited Key West.
In 2013 Ms. Hennecy was the guest of AFETT (Association of Female Executives of Trinidad & Tobago) as keynote speaker for their first Annual International Women’s Awards Banquet. Her presentation was INSPIRING CHANGE. Those in attendance included government officials, US Department of State, media and national leaders.
October 2014 took Carolyn to Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado where she presented UNMASKING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE to over 450 troops at the base’s first annual National Domestic Violence Awareness Luncheon. Following the meal, Ms. Hennecy presented a seminar to an audience of 350 troops and civil servants.
In early 2015, Carolyn was the speaker at Southeastern University’s TAKE BACK THE NIGHT, hosted by the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.Before a crowd of about 250 people gathered in the Chapel, Hennecy shared he story of overcoming abuse, as well as discussing safe dating.
In November 2015 she will return to Florida Southern College’s Campus to speak at the FSC Alpha Chi Omega’s chapter for their TAKE BACK THE NIGHT. Here Carolyn meets and visits with the members of the sorority to mentor and discuss the upcoming event.
CNN Health and Medical─”Empowered Patient” internet special for American Heart Association
Style Magazine─Q&A;Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine─ “Extraordinary Woman“;The Ledger─ “Women and Heart Disease” (2008); Tampa Tribune─ “Psychological Trauma Can Scar Health for Years” (2012); Tampa Times ─”Surviving a Wave of Domestic Violence” (2013); Special feature in Trinidad Express (2014)
POLK COUNTY TODAY with Andrea Oliver (Hall Communications Stations WPCV and WWRZ)─ “Heart Health Awareness” for American Heart Association; “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” for Sexual Violence Task Force Speakers Bureau of Tampa Bay; “Addressing Domestic Violence”; Regular interview consultant on WONN 1230AM at Hall Communications with Donna Renfroe
WPCV 97.5FM Country Breakfast Club regarding domestic violence; interview on each of the Big4 stations (Hall Communications) ─ 2011.
EMPOWER HOUR Global Forum on Domestic Violence with Suzanne Perry (Interview November 23, 2011);
LIFE IMPROVEMENT RADIO ─ “Victims2Survivors─Breaking the Silence One Voice at a Time”─Interview with Connie Rose (2011);
WWLZ 820AM─”Help, Hope & Healing“─Interview with Cindy Weintraub Brennen (2011);
GULF COAST LIVE─WGCU 90.1 NPR Domestic Violence Awareness Month─Interview w/Luis Hernandez (2008 & 2009);
Trinidad & Tobago (2014) “First Up” and “Morning Brew” live television programs; interviewed by Lydia Choate of the Islamic Broadcast Network (IBN) and Essiba Small, reporter for Trinidad Express newspaper
Interview with Tanya Arja, Fox13 News regarding victim-to-survivor of child sexual abuse, addressing the Jerry Sandusky trial and victim testimony, aired June 12, 2012.
“TAKING ACTION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE”─Carolyn’s story as featured on Emmy award winning ABC Action News prime time special (2011);
Channel 8 Today Early Morning Show─(WFLA Tampa Bay NBC Affiliate, Interview with Gayle Guyardo (2011)
Positively Tampa Bay─Live interview with Lissette Campos (Ch28 WFTS ABC Action News) (2010);
The Daytime Show─Interview with co-host Cyndi Edwards (Ch8 NBC Tampa Bay─national syndication) (2008);
HOMEKEEPERS with Arthelene Rippy (Ch22 CTN Tampa Bay─national syndication) (2008);
BAYNEWS9─ “Heart Disease in Women” w/Melissa Sogegian (2008).
APPEARANCES: For more recent events. see photos above.
“More Than A Story” – Keynote speaker at 12th Annual RCS Haven Faces of Domestic Violence, Clearwater, FL (2013);
“A Survivor’s Story” – Mississippi Department of Public Safety: CRIME STOPPERS Annual Training Conference, Biloxi, MS (2013);
“The Anatomy of Domestic Violence” – Naval Air Station, Key West, FL (2012 – CEU accredited);
“Counseling 101” – student training – Covenant Center, Lakeland, FL (2012);
University of Tampa – Keynote Sexual Assault Awareness Month (2012);
“VOICES of STRENGTH”─The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay in collaboration with the Sexual Violence Task Force Tampa Bay Speakers Bureau (2010, 2011);
“Creating VOICE: Survivor Writing Workshop”─presented with The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay (2011);
Keynote ─ “Help Now of Osceola County” and “Osceola County Domestic Violence Task Force” Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Conference (2011 – CEU accredited);
Numerous book signings at Barnes & Noble and Family Christian Stores (2008 – 2010);
IMPORTANCE OF MEDIA IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS─Speaking to staff of ABC (WFTS Ch28)─Tampa, FL with follow-up Q&A (2010);
HANDS ACROSS THE BAY─Fundraiser for CASA & The Spring (Vinoy @ St. Petersburg, FL) (2010);
NEW BEGINNINGS WOMEN’S BANQUET─Christ Central Church, Live Oak Florida (2009).
Carolyn’s story was featured as the opening segment of the 2011 campaign for TAADV, and nominated for an Emmy. To see each of the prime time specials at ABC Action News: CLICK HERE
At the heart of the campaign is the statewide domestic violence hotline: 1-800-500-1119. It is operated by the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Tallahassee. The hotline serves as a lifeline to victims – automatically connecting callers to the shelter nearest them. There’s no wait, no dropped calls, no hassle. With 12 certified domestic violence centers in Tampa Bay, victims can easily link to the shelter nearest them with just one number: 1-800-500-1119.
Since the inaugural campaign of Taking Action Against Domestic Violence in 2009, the hotline has seen a 77% increase in calls.