Centenary hosts speaker for domestic violence awareness

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary College’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) is hosting a domestic violence awareness program Thursday, October 11 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Whited Room of Bynum Commons. Jakare Fecunda, a local advocate against domestic violence, will share her personal story during the program. The event is free and open to the public and Passport Points will be available for Centenary students who attend.

Fecunda became a champion for domestic violence awareness and prevention after surviving a violent attack from a boyfriend in 2012. While she still suffers long-term effects from the attack, she has committed herself to using her experience to educate others, especially young people, about the dangers of domestic violence. Fecunda has reached hundreds of people through her presentations to local churches, colleges, and community forums.

Fecunda was recently honored with the Charles Rex Scott Civilian of the Year Award at the Trey Hutchison Awards Banquet sponsored by the Caddo/Bossier Domestic Violence Task Force. The annual awards event is held in memory of a Bossier City police officer killed in the line of duty in 2004 while responding to a domestic violence call.

“I am so proud of Jakare for receiving this honor,” says Centenary DPS detective Heather Boucher, a 2017 Hutchison Award winner. “The award could not have gone to a more true hero than her.”

Centenary’s DPS is hosting Fecunda’s presentation to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.


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