12 Jul '11, 9am

Woman, kidnapped as a child and held hostage for 18 years, tells of trauma in TV interview

NEW YORK - In an interview with ABC News on Sunday Jaycee Dugard, 31, talked calmly of how she was kidnapped by a couple and held captive for 18 years. There was "a switch" she shut off to survive emotionally, she said - but was in tears telling how she felt, at 14, on seeing the first of two girls fathered by the man. She didn't know how to protect the child, but "I knew I could never let anything happen to her". Ms Dugard spoke on the eve of the publication of a memoir of her captivity, A Stolen Life. Ms Dugard told Ms Sawyer there was "a switch" she had to shut off to emotionally survive her rape and imprisonment. Asked by Diane Sawyer how she stayed sane, Dugard said: "I don't know. I can't imagine being beaten to death, and you can't imagine being kidnapped and raped. You just do what you have to do to survive." She described walking to the school bus stop on the day ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110712-0000130/Jaycee...

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