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Jaycee Dugard on Women Rescued in Ohio: Give Them Time to Heal

UpdatePosted 05/07/2013 12:00PM

Jaycee Dugard on Women Rescued in Ohio: Give Them Time to Heal

Originally posted 05/07/2013 10:30AM

Few people could understand what the three women rescued this week from apparent captivity in Cleveland must have gone through better than Jaycee Dugard.

Abducted herself in 1991 at age 11 and held captive for 18 years, Dugard is cautioning the public to give these women time and space to begin healing. At the same time, she adds, the women's survival shows the power of human resolve.

"These individuals need the opportunity to heal and connect back into the world. This isn't who they are. It is only what happened to them," Dugard tells PEOPLE in a statement.

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Jaycee Dugard Cherishes 'Being Free To Do What I Want'

Jaycee Dugard Opens Up About 'Being Free To Do What I Want'

Originally posted 03/13/2012 01:00PM

These days, Jaycee Dugard rides horses. Working with the animals is therapeutic, even confidence-boosting, she says.

"You have to be very sure of yourself when you're riding," she tells ABC News's Diane Sawyer in an interview airing Tuesday (6:30 p.m. ET). "You don't want to have any doubts in your mind because they'll sense that."

It's a motto that seems to have a deeper meaning for Dugard, who was kidnapped in 1991 when she was 11 years old and held captive for 18 years by Phillip and Nancy Garrido.

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Jaycee Dugard Appears at First Public Event

Jaycee Dugard Appears at First Public Event

Originally posted 03/10/2012 11:05AM

They were simple words but resonated loudly.

"My name is Jaycee Dugard, and I want to say that because for a long time I wasn't able to say my name and so it feels good," the soft-spoken woman told the crowd at an awards ceremony Friday night in New York. "I am truly honored to be here tonight with these amazing women who have done and been through so much more than me."

Dugard, 31, who had been kidnapped at age 11 and held prison for 18 years, appeared at her first public event since her ordeal.

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Jaycee Dugard Sues U.S. Government | Jaycee Dugard

UpdatePosted 09/22/2011 07:00PM

Jaycee Dugard Sues U.S. Government for Failing to Monitor Her Kidnapper

Originally posted 09/22/2011 04:20PM

Kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard is suing the U.S. government, saying federal authorities should have been more closely monitoring Phillip Garrido, the man who abducted her.

Garrido, a convicted rapist who was on parole when he kidnapped Dugard in 1991, held her captive for 18 years.

Though parole agents were supposed to be supervising Garrido at his home in Antioch, Calif., from 1991 to 1999, they never detected Dugard's presence there during that time, the complaint states. Dugard, 31, who gave birth to two of Garrido's children during the years she was held captive, was not freed until 2009.

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Jaycee Dugard Abductors' Chilling Homemade Videos Released

Jaycee Dugard Abductors' Chilling Homemade Videos Released

Originally posted 07/14/2011 11:15AM

Several disturbing home videos of young children frolicking in public, made by Jaycee Dugard's abductors two decades ago, have been released by the El Dorado County district attorney's office as part of an attempt to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future.

Two clips feature young children playing in public in the late '80s or early '90s, California's Mountain Democrat reports.

One shows Phillip Garrido playing a guitar and singing in park, although the camera is focused on the kids playing in the background.

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Diane Sawyer: Jaycee Dugard's Memories Are 'In Her Eyes' | Diane Sawyer, Jaycee Dugard

Diane Sawyer: Jaycee Dugard's Memories Are 'In Her Eyes'

Originally posted 07/11/2011 09:10AM

It has been nearly two years since Jaycee Dugard was rescued 18 years after her abduction by a sex offender, but the 31-year-old's incredible story of survival is just as moving and powerful.

Diane Sawyer agrees.

"Everything she says makes you stop and examine yourself and your life," the news anchor, whose exclusive interview with Dugard aired Sunday on a two-hour ABC Primetime special, told PEOPLE for the July 18 issue. "She will astonish you."

Asked if Dugard was emotional during the interview, Sawyer, 65, said she saw "lots of different moods, and when she goes back in time, you can see it in her eyes, you can see it in her face: She remembers with such vivid clarity what it was like to be 11, in this nightmare … What you see moving through her eyes is unforgettable."
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Jaycee Dugard Recalls the Pain of Giving Birth in Captivity | Diane Sawyer, Jaycee Dugard

UpdatePosted 07/08/2011 09:00AM

Jaycee Dugard Recalls the Pain of Giving Birth in Captivity

Originally posted 07/07/2011 06:00PM

Three years into her captivity, Jaycee Dugard went into labor with her first child – a frightening experience compounded by the fact that she didn't understand what was happening to her.

"I didn't know I was in labor," Dugard, now 31, tells ABC News's Diane Sawyer in an exclusive, two-hour interview to air on Sunday's Primetime. "I was still … locked [in] at the time. Just scared."

Dugard lost 18 years of her life when she was kidnapped in 1991 at age 11 by Phillip and Nancy Garrido.

In addition to the Sawyer interview, she has published a detailed story of her ordeal, the book A Stolen Life, excerpts from which appear exclusively in this week's PEOPLE.

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NEW PHOTO: Jaycee Dugard Tells Her Story of Kidnap and Abuse

UpdatePosted 07/06/2011 12:00PM

Jaycee Dugard Tells Her Story of Kidnap and Abuse

Originally posted 07/06/2011 08:00AM

The memories are vividly clear for Jaycee Dugard. From the day she was kidnapped by Phillip Garrido in June 1991 to her miraculous rescue 18 years later, Dugard's will to survive never faltered.

PEOPLE has covered her kidnapping, years of captivity in Antioch, Calif., her tearful reunion with her family and the revelation that years of sexual abuse resulted in two pregnancies, the first when she was only 14.

PEOPLE's latest issue has exclusive excerpts from the now 31-year-old's memoir, A Stolen Life.

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Jaycee Dugard: Her First Account of Kidnapping

Jaycee Dugard: Her First Account of Kidnapping

Originally posted 06/02/2011 08:30PM

With her abductors pleading guilty and sentenced to life in prison, the details are finally coming out about the fear and pain that the then-11-year-old Jaycee Dugard endured during her kidnapping.

Dugard, now 31, described her ordeal in testimony before a grand jury last September, and on Thursday the court released a heavily redacted transcript. But even in the shortened form, the transcript's account – the first to be made public – is chilling.

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Jaycee Dugard to Kidnapper: 'You Stole My Life'

Jaycee Dugard to Kidnapper: 'You Stole My Life'

Originally posted 06/02/2011 02:10PM

Jaycee Dugard broke her silence about her 18 years in captivity, lashing out at her abductors in a statement read in court Thursday by her mother.

"I chose not to be here today because I refuse to waste another second of my life in your presence," she said in the remarks read at the sentencing for Phillip and Nancy Garrido. "Everything you ever did was wrong and I hope one day you will see that."

"I hated every day for 18 years," the statement continues. "You stole my life and that of my family."

As she read, Dugard's mother Terry Probyn became increasingly upset. Her voice got louder until she finally shouted, "I hate you … for the torment you put my family through!"

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