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Patricia Wenskunas – Founder of Crimesurvivors, Inc. Interview
http://www.kuci.org/privacypiracy/#02_01_06

April 23, 2010Group to honor civilian who saved woman’s life

October 10, 2010 – MSNBC.com – Crime survivors show strength in numbers

November 12, 2009Brea Police Partner with Crime Survivors, Inc.

October 24, 2009 – Creators.com -The Crime Clock and You

October 10, 2009 – Creators.com – How Crime Victims Become Crime Survivors

May 1, 20092009 Crime Survivors Awards Banquet Video

March 2, 2009Cypress Police Partner With Crime Survivors, Inc.

February 27, 2009 – KUCI Radio Show – Part 1 and Part 2 (mp3 format)

February 18, 2009 – Orange County Register – She’s Not A Victim Anymore

December 24, 2008 – Irvine World News – The Strong Get Together for Christmas

October 21, 2008 - News Enterprise – Crime Survivors Run/Walk Draws Good Crowds

October 1, 2008 – Calif. initiative would mandate victims’ rights

OC Register – Survivors Movement
http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/news/atoz/article_707539.php

Capitol watchdog // Spitzer: Committee, office changes are reprisals
May 18, 2007
Byline: BRIAN JOSEPH
Orange County Register, The (Santa Ana, CA)
I.D. number: 108561601

SACRAMENTO In June 2006, former San Fernando Assemblywoman Cindy Montanez loses the Democratic primary for state Senate. In January 2007, Orange County Assemblyman Todd Spitzer loses his seat on the Assembly Public Safety Committee. Believe it or not, the two are related, Spitzer says. Five months before the primary, Spitzer, R-Orange, led a Republican attack on a bill the party thought was soft on sex offenders. Spitzer helped craft “hostile amendments” that
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WHAT WE’RE THANKFUL FOR
Support Patricia Wenskunas

November 24, 2005
Byline: TOM BERG
Orange County Register, The (Santa Ana, CA)
I.D. number: 86820552

I am thankful every day, not just Thanksgiving, that I survived an attempted murder. I’ve been given a gift. I can take this gift and present it to other victims of crime so they too can be proud and happy to be a survivor. I formed “Crime Survivors” in 2004. We’ve helped over 100 victims. This week, we will go to over 250 locations in Orange County, including police, fire, ambulance, district attorney and victim-witness locations,
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Crime survivors walk for their rights ‘Victims Bill of Rights’ in the hopper for state and cities.
October 13, 2005
Byline: GREG HARDESTY
Irvine World News: Orange County Register weekly (CA)
I.D. number: 78483058

The balloons were black and blue — like the bruises on her body, like the ones inside after she was assaulted and threatened by her personal trainer in 2002. On a gray Saturday morning, Patricia Wenskunas watched the balloons float away at the start of her rganization’s second walk and fun-run to honor crime survivors. The balloons were meant to symbolize letting go — of horrific things like being raped, of being attacked by a spouse with a butcher knife, of being stalked
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Crime Victim Not A Quitter
Irvine World News – Sunday April 24, 2005

Survivors movement
Crime victims race to draw attention to resources, promote lobbying for rights.

October 9, 2005
Byline: GREG HARDESTY
Orange County Register, The (Santa Ana, CA)
I.D. number: 78201128

The balloons were black and blue — like the bruises on her body, like the ones inside after she was assaulted and threatened by her personal trainer in 2002. On a gray Saturday morning, Patricia Wenskunas watched the balloons float away at the start of her rganization’s second walk and fun-run to honor crime survivors. The balloons were meant to symbolize letting go — of horrific things like being raped, of being attacked by a spouse with a butcher knife, of being stalked
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Victim becomes survivor
An Irvine woman is providing others hurt by crime the kind of support she never received.
September 19, 2004
Byline: JENIFER B. McKIM  The Orange County Register
Orange County Register, The (Santa Ana, CA)
I.D. number: 70268245

IRVINE Almost getting killed, it seemed, wasn’t enough. For Patricia Wenskunas, the beating she suffered in 2002 ended in a minor sentence for the man convicted of assaulting and threatening her. The single mother and small-business owner felt she had nowhere to turn for support, despite a number of groups established to help victims. She didn’t fit into those groups: She wasn’t haunted by the murder of a loved one.
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Survivor aims to help victims
Patricia Wenskunas, a violent crime survivor, is seeking approval of a Victim’s Bill of Rights in Rancho.

March 11, 2005
Byline: WILLIAM WHEELER  STAFF WRITER
Canyon Life – Ladera Post – Rancho Santa Margaita News: Orange County Register weeklies
I.D. number: 73565849

Patricia Wenskunas shared the story of the time she was drugged and almost killed in her Irvine home with the City Council recently.”I ended up jumping off a 12-foot(-high) balcony in order to get away,” she said. Wenskunas came to the Rancho meeting with Assemblyman Todd Spitzer, R-Orange, as part of an effort to seek approval of a Victim’s Bill of Rights. The proposed policy, which Spitzer called “a psychological
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Plan’s afoot to read crime victims their rights
January 21, 2005
Byline: FRANK MICKADEIT  The Orange County Register
Orange County Register, The (Santa Ana, CA)
I.D. number: 72680901

A certain politician invited me to a meeting of O.C. law-enforcement types at the Hacienda restaurant in Santa Ana this week to let me in on an amazing victim-rights idea he’s “facilitating.” I’m not naming him because after the meeting, when I said to him, “So, Todd (not his real name), does this play into the district attorney’s race, seeing as how you are going to be running?”
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Patricia Wenskunas to Speak at Whittier Law School
http://www.law.whittier.edu/pdfs/pr/crimeSurviv.pdf

THE MORNING READ
Steady aim, steel will
Assault transformed a mortgage broker into an advocate for victims’ rights.

March 5, 2005
Byline: GREG HARDESTY  The Orange County Register
Orange County Register, The (Santa Ana, CA)
I.D. number: 73468462

ORANGE It was shooting time, and Deborah Courtney politely excused herself to reapply her deep pink lipstick. She headed to the ladies room, black Prada purse in hand. She arrived at the indoor shooting range in a black suit and wine-colored blouse, patterned black nylons and black boots with 4-inch heels. Sort of the stylishly functional business look she had the day she was raped nearly five years ago. The brutal sexual assault transformed Courtney into one of Orange
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Convicted trainer to undergo testing
March 28, 2004
Byline: LAYLAN CONNELLY
The Orange County Register
I.D. number: 66994560

A personal trainer convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threat will be sent to state prison for 90 days for psychological testing, said deputy district attorney Paul Chrisopoulos. Jeffery Kelavos, an Oceanside resident, will be sentenced on July 2 after the judge reviews the findings. Kelavos was found guilty for assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threat on Feb. 5 for attacking a former client, Patricia Wenskunas, in her Irvine home nearly two years
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Accused attacker rejects plea bargain
August 21, 2003
Byline: Laylan Connelly
The Orange County Register
I.D. number: 63460489

Patricia Wenskunas has been questioning the justice system for the past month, struck with the realization that a man she said tried to kill her was not going to face a jury. A year’s worth of therapy to help get her through the trial process was wasted, she said.
But in an unexpected move, Jeffrey Kelavos, a personal trainer accused of drugging Wenskunas in her home last year and trying to suffocate her with saran wrap, at the last minute Friday rejected a plea bargain
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Trial of Jeffrey Kelavos
August 19, 2003
Byline: — Laylan Connelly
The Orange County Register
I.D. number: 63422435

Trial: Jeffrey Kelavos, a 28-year-old Oceanside resident, will go to trial on Oct. 27 on charges he drugged and tried to suffocate Patricia Wenskunas, a personal-training client for nine months. A plea-bargain agreement to drop burglary and attempted-murder charges was not reached.
— Laylan Connelly
(949) 553-2911
lconnelly@ocregister.com
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Victim unhappy with attacker’s plea bargain // DA dropped charge of attempted murder
July 17, 2003
Byline: Laylan Connelly
The Orange County Register
I.D. number: 62945923

Patricia Wenskunas needed someone to help keep her from dying.
The 34-year-old woman had eating disorders that were destroying her life. At the guidance of a doctor, she sought help from a personal trainer who promised to help her look and feel better. He was a registered nurse knowledgeable about disorders who eventually became a counselor and a confidant. She never expected the man who promised to save her life to assault and attempt to suffocate her. Oceanside resident   
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Assault survivor stands up for crime victims
August 5, 2004
Byline: Jenn Stewart  Irvine World News
Irvine World News: Orange County Register weekly (CA)
I.D. number: 69263629

Just over two years ago Patricia Wenskunas was savagely attacked in her home. She escaped by jumping 12 feet from a balcony. One might call her a victim, but she prefers to be called a survivor. Part of the healing process for Wenskunas has been the creation of Crime Survivors Inc., a non-profit organization designed to help those who have been victimized by crime and don’t know where to turn.
“I feel such a need to do this,” Wenskunas said.
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Personal trainer held in assault
April 9, 2002
The Orange County Register
.I.D. number: 54847594

A personal trainer will be arraigned Thursday for allegedly assaulting a female client in her home, police said. Jeffrey Kelavos, 27, of Oceanside was arrested Thursday after a woman who lives on Orange Blossom reported that he drugged her drink and tried to smother her, Lt. Sam Allevato said. The woman, who received moderate injuries, was treated and released at a hospital. Kelavos had been her trainer for eight months. Kelavos’ other clients
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Personal Trainer charged with trying to kill client
Irvine World News, April 11, 2002 by Eric Johnson