Domestic abuse group raises awareness at Jackson State - - Jackson, MS

Domestic abuse group raises awareness at Jackson State

Source: SODA Source: SODA
Source: SODA Source: SODA
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Students at Jackson State University learned a lesson Monday that they might not hear about in their regular classes.

Kendra Turner was a victim of domestic abuse for 8 years. She has released a PSA where she recorded herself being beaten by her husband. In the video, you can hear her daughter screaming. 

"He was threatening that he was going to take all of our lives that particular evening, and I just said, you know, 'This is just it,'" said Turner.

Now, she's speaking out. Turner founded Survivors of Domestic Abuse (SODA) in 2015.

"Being a person growing up in a home with domestic violence, it brought back a lot of memories, and it - it brought me to tears," said Vernon Young, who is the Community Director at University Point, and helped organize SODA's forum at JSU Monday.

Turner's presentation at JSU was meant to raise awareness and start a discussion.

"Honestly it put me in a situation where I got kind of emotional because I've got a mom and a little sister," said Conelous Stiff III, a JSU student who is friends with Turner's daughter. "So seeing my mom might be in that position, it really hurt."

Federal budget cuts could slash the Justice Department's grant program for their Office on Violence Against Women.

"I really feel that is so unfair," said Turner. "It's one in three women who will become victims of domestic abuse. I am one of the women that were able to make it out. There needs to be more government programs, more housing, more government assistance."

A woman named Shauna Gully was also at the forum.

She was paralyzed from the waist down when her husband shot her and she feels programs for domestic abuse victims are immeasurably important.

"We have children that are about to be motherless," said Gully. "And we're talking about budget for something that could possibly save a whole generation."

There is a hotline you can call that will let you know about domestic violence assistance programs in your area: 1-800-799-SAFE.

Or, Turner says you can contact her anytime on SODA's website.

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