Jaycee Dugard was just 11-years-old when she was abducted from outside her family home in California in 1991. She was imprisoned by Phillip Garrido in a compound he’d built in his garden, and was repeatedly sexually assaulted. She had two children fathered by her kidnapper, the first when she was just 14-years-old.
In August 2009, Garrido took Jaycee and her children to a parole meeting he was attending, as he had a previous rape conviction. They raised suspicions, and Jaycee was rescued. Garrido received a 431 year sentence, his wife Nancy was given a life sentence.
Speaking to ABC News, Jaycee said she had written a book about her ordeal. “Why not look at it? You know, stare it down until it can’t scare you anymore.”
Describing how Garrido abused drugs and repeatedly threatened her, Jaycee said she didn’t know how she had coped. She admitted giving birth to her first child had given her hope, “She was beautiful. I felt like I wasn’t alone anymore. I had someone else who was mine and I wasn’t alone and I knew I could never let anything happen to her.”
She went on to describe how she attempted to educate her children using things she could remember from her own school days. The interview is very frank, with Jaycee describing her ordeal very matter-of-factly; including saying; “I mean, I can’t imagine being beaten to death, you know? And you can’t imagine being kidnapped and raped, you know? So, it’s just, you just do what you have to do to survive.”
Jaycee certainly shows herself as an extremely resilient young woman, who gave the best start possible to her daughters despite suffering horrendous circumstances. She is a young woman who should be extremely proud of herself, and is certainly an inspiration!