"I remember absolutely everything which is kind of weird because I was hit over the head numerous times with a baseball bat," Teri Jendusa -Nicolai says. "I remember all of it."
In 2004 Jendusa-Nicolai was beaten, bound, stuffed in a trash can, and left in a storage unit for dead. Thursday she shared her story with the students NWTC.
"I can't pretend it never happened so all I can do is pick up the pieces and do what I do to help other people avoid the situation," Jendusa-Nicolai said.
For one in attendance, the time to avoid has already passed. Larecia whitehead, a survivor of domestic abuse says Jendusa-Nicolai's is a story she knows all too well.
"I have been brutally abused beaten and hit all in front of my children and everything," she says.
The past may connect them, but it is the future that defines them. A victim advocate, a criminal justice major, both on a mission to matter.
"It is very healing to speak to other people to pass on my knowledge to them knowing that I might change their life I might make their life better," says Jendua Nicolai.
It is a long road to recovery, but it only takes one person to make a difference.