Jaycee Dugard was a mere 11-years-old when she was kidnapped in 1991 by Phillip and Nancy Garrido. In a new interview with Diane Sawyer for Sunday’s Primetime, she recalled giving birth to her daughters while in captivity.
She said, “I didn’t know I was in labor. I was still…locked [in] at the time. Just scared.”
She recounts the entire ordeal in her book, A Stolen Life. People magazine reports:
In the book, she writes that she didn’t understand sex before she was taken prisoner. Giving birth, she says, was extremely painful, especially since she realized she would be receiving no medical care.
But, she tells Sawyer, when her first daughter arrived, “she was beautiful. I felt like I wasn’t alone anymore. [I] had somebody else who was mine. I wasn’t alone.”
Dugard gave birth to another girl in 1997, and she educated her children, creating a school while held captive despite her fifth grade education.
“There’s a switch that I had to shut off,” Dugard tells Sawyer in the interview. “You can’t imagine being kidnapped and raped, you know? … You do what you have to do to survive.”
What a sad, sad situation, that we’re grateful has a happy ending for her. I can’t imagine being kidnapped at such a young age. The horror she must’ve felt was devastating.