It’s the story of Jaycee Dugard. Abducted at a bus stop in Tahoe, CA when she was 11 years old, on June 10, 1991. She was held for 18 years in a backyard prison.
Kidnapped by Phillip and Nancy Garrido in 1991, there were over 60 visits from parole officers to the house. But it wasn’t until 2009, when a suspicious situation involving Phillip on the University of California, Berkley campus raised suspicion with campus police officers resulting in Jaycee’s rescue.
Jaycee is now speaking out about her experience and has written a book titled: A Stolen Life: A Memoir (releasing July 12).
At age 11, she knew so little of the world. Jaycee knew nothing about sex. When first kidnapped, Phillip Garrido kept a stun gun present whenever he raped her. It was a way to remind her of his power. Some of the abuse stints would last for hours in drug fueled sex binged, called “runs”. He would then sob and apologize. He’d tell her that he had a sex problem and that Jaycee was saving him from hurting other little girls.
At age 13, not knowing why she was gaining weight – her captors informed her she was pregnant.
She began watching videos about giving birth – she worried as there would be no doctor present at delivery, just her kidnappers to help. On August 18, 1994 Jaycee Dugard went into labor, not knowing what was going on – while by herself as she was locked in a backyard compound. Jaycee recalls giving birth as the most painful experience of her life. She delivered a little girl.
“And then I saw her. She was beautiful. I felt like I wasn’t alone anymore. [I] had somebody else who was mine…and I know I could never let anything happen to her. I didn’t know how I was going to do that, but I did,” Dugard said.
Jaycee gave birth to another girl in 1997.
Jaycee was a year younger than myself. I remember her story on the news and frightened by the thought of being kidnapped. My mom told me “there are bad people in the world.” But after hearing Jaycee’s story – my child mind couldn’t even process how BAD people really could be.
A few years ago when the news of finding her emerged, I remembered her story and immediately remember the thoughts I had when I was her age about how creepy it was someone could just steal you. Learning of what she had endured sickened me. As a pregnant woman, hearing how she was forced to give birth in a backyard compound with no doctors – not knowing ANYTHING about labor or delivery, my heart aches for her. I’m inspired by her courage to come forward and tell her story. I can only pray that she continues to be healed and is able to live a good life despite the 18 years of hell she went through.
Something I hope to never understand, but Jaycee simply says: “You just do what you have to do to survive.”
Jaycee Dugard – Abducted at the Bus Stop at 11 1 of 6Jaycee Dugard was abducted on her way to school in Tahoe, CA at the age of 11. She spent 18 years in captivity, giving birth to 2 girls while only a teenager.
Jaycee Dugard’s Kidnappers – Phillip and Nancy Garrido 2 of 6Phillip and Nancy Garrido kidnapped Jaycee. Phillip was a convicted sex offender. There were over 60 visits to the house by Parole officers while Jaycee was in captivity there.
Jaycee Dugard Lived in a Backyard Prison 3 of 6Jaycee Duggard lived in a backyard prison, even giving birth to her 2 daughters in this hell hole. She was raped starting at age 11, at the time she didn't even know what sex was.
Jaycee Dugard’s Hell 4 of 6Google Map images show the hell in which Jaycee Dugard lived. The Garrido's created a backyard compound in which she and her daughters lived.
Jaycee Dugard’s Foundation 5 of 6Jaycee Duggard has gone on to create a foundation that provides support and services to ensure the timely treatment of families that are recovering from abduction and the aftermath of other traumatic experiences. You can purchase a pinecone necklace to help support the JAYC Foundation at thejaycfoundation.org
Jaycee Dugard and Diane Sawyer 6 of 6Jaycee Dugard opens up to Diane Sawyer about her 18 years in captivity and recovery.
I don’t even know how to end this, other than my prayers are with you and your family Jaycee.