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Domestic violence survivor to speak at Blackhawk Technical College

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Gazette Staff
October 7, 2008
— Her story is unthinkable.

But she goes on stage time after time to tell it in the hopes that nobody else has to go through what she did.


Domestic violence survivor Teri Jendusa Nicolai will speak Thursday at Blackhawk Technical Collegeís central and Monroe campuses. The Janesville presentation will take place at noon in the North Commons. The Monroe presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m. The events are free and open to the public.


In January 2004, Jendusa Nicolaiís ex-husband abducted her, beat her and sealed her in a snow-filled garbage can in an unheated storage unit. He had attacked her with a baseball bat when she picked up their children from his home.


As a result of the incident, Jendusa Nicolai miscarried a baby and lost all her toes. The incident took place exactly three years after Jendusa Nicolai and David M. Larsen were divorced.


In August 2005, Larsen was found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide and was sentenced to 35 years in prison and 20 years of extended supervision.


This summer, a Racine County judge awarded Jendusa Nicolai $3 million in a civil case against Larson.


While most divorces do not end in such violence, Jendusa Nicolai wants to spread the message that victims of domestic abuse need to seek help, the Racine Journal Times reported.


IF YOU GO

What: Domestic abuse survivor Teri Jendusa Nicolai will share her story with the hope she can help others avoid abuse.


Janesville presentation: Noon Thursday at the Blackhawk Technical College Central Campus, 6004 S. County G, Janesville, in the North Commons.


Monroe presentation: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Monroe Campus, 210 N. 4th Ave., Monroe.


Details: The event is free, open to the public and sponsored by the BTC Student Network of Programming and Activities and Monroe Student Activities. For more information, contact Stephanie Hewitt, Student Life Coordinator, at (608) 757-7702 or shewitt1@blackhawk.edu.



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