After experiencing twenty years of horrific violence from her husband, threats of killing her family, seeing him abuse their four sons and the family pets, hiding all the kitchen knives from her husband and covering dozens of holes he put in the walls of their home, after he knocked out more than half of her teeth and spent countless nights describing his fantasies of killing her and the people she loved, Wendy's love for her children and her family compelled her to take the one and only action that would keep her family safe.
On May 1, 2005, Wendy called 911 asking for help because she had killed her husband. Wendy was arrested and removed from the lives of her four children. Except for the ten months she was out on bail, Wendy and her sons have been separated ever since. Although she acted to protect and to stop the victimization they endured, she and her children continue to be re-victimized by the State of Oregon.
After viewing the HBO documentary, "Every F***ing Day of My Life" by director, Tommy Davis, I was moved to tears and felt that I had to do something! I started the Facebook page titled "Stop Domestic Violence: Wendy and Randy Do Not Belong In Jail" to create awareness and support. People from all over the world have joined to lend their support, love and concern for the Maldonado family. Supporters have been flooding the office of the Governor of Oregon with letters, emails and phone calls asking for her release ( http://governor.oregon.gov/Gov/contact.shtml). In the meantime, I decided to start a "savings fund" or "nest egg" for Wendy so upon her release she will have a little bit of a head start.
If you have been touched by Wendy's story, feel free to contribute any amount to her nest egg. Thank you!
NOTE: Monique Savits is collecting donations on behalf of Wendy Maldonado and all monies will be given directly to Wendy Maldonado upon her release.