Teri Jendusa Nicolai to speak at BTC

While the National Football League’s handling of domestic violence cases involving players has dominated headlines of late, the too often untold story is how domestic abuse of women hits close to home and goes unreported to authorities.

This is, in part, the story of Teri Jendusa-Nicolai, who 10 years ago was left for dead after being beaten by her ex-husband with a baseball bat. Now, her ex-husband is serving a 35-year prison sentence and Jendusa-Nicolai speaks to her experiences then and now as she addresses groups about what can be done about domestic abuse.

Jendusa-Nicolai, who lives in the Racine area, will make two stops at Blackhawk Technical College on Thursday,Oct. 9, to discuss her experiences. The first stop will be at noon on the BTC Central Campus’ North Commons. She will then travel to the Monroe Campus for a session that begins at 6:30 p.m.

Students, staff, instructors and the public are cordially invited to hear Jendusa-Nicolai’s FREE presentation. Her visit is sponsored by BTC’s Student Network of Activities and Programming.

National statistics show:

n  O* One in every four women experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
* Eighty-five percent of domestic violence victims are women.
* Females between the ages of 20 and 24 are at the greatest risk of violence.
* Only 25 percent of physical assaults, 20 percent of rapes and 50 percent of stalkings against female are          reported to the police.

Jendusa- Nicolai’s story is especially striking. 

On Jan. 31, 2004, she drove to her ex-husband’s home to pick up her two daughters. He beat her with the baseball bat, stuffed her into a garbage can and deposited her in an unheated storage unit he owned in northern Illinois. 

Nicolai’s second husband told authorities she had not returned home with her children. About 26 hours later, Nicolai was found barely alive and having suffered the loss of the child she was carrying and frostbite that cost all her toes. 

In the ensuing years, Nicolai has appeared on national television with Barbara Walters and Oprah Winfrey. She also has been an aggressive lobbyist for strengthening domestic violence laws in Wisconsin and around the nation.

Jendusa-Nicolai’s story is told in the book “Left for Dead: The Abduction and Survival of Teri Jendusa-Nicolai” by David Alfvin.