Wednesday, April 4, 2012 will mark the 10th Anniversary of Patricia Wenskunsas’ survival. Ten years ago, Patricia was drugged, beaten black and blue, and bound and nearly suffocated in saran wrap. When Patricia came to, the attacker was on top of her, threatening to kill her son if she screamed. But he hadn’t counted on the courage of a mother’s love; and Patricia fought him off leaping from a 12-foot indoor balcony to the kitchen below, and ran to find help.
Today, she oversees the day-to-day operation of Crime Survivors, Inc., the organization she founded because of her own victimization. Crime Survivors, Inc., reaches out to crime victims offering support and resources from the time of victimization and throughout the healing process. In addition, Crime Survivors, Inc., partners with law enforcement organizations throughout southern California to ensure that first responders have the necessary resources for the victims they encounter.
For her 10th Anniversary, Patricia will spend the day with her son and his family, including two grand children, at the Disneyland Resort, otherwise known as “The Happiest Place on Earth.”
“I am thrilled to be spending the day at ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’,” said Patricia Wenskunas. The last ten years I have been blessed to work with so many strong, hopeful, and beautiful people, telling them that they CAN survive victimization, and thrive in the days ahead! I know it’s possible because I am here today — stronger, wiser, and happier than ever!”
Her visit to The Disneyland Resort has been made possible by several generous donors.
Crime Survivors vision is for victims of crime to recover from their experience mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially, by receiving the respect, support, and protection from law enforcement, the judicial system, and the community.
For more information on Crime Survivors, Inc., please visit www.crimesurvivors.org/page/dev/dev or contact Patricia Wenskunas at (949) 872-7895.