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July 11th, 2011
11:30 AM ET

Kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard talks about her 18 years of terror

(CNN) - U.S. kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard, who gave birth to two children during her 18 years in captivity, said she did what she had to do to survive.

During a wide-ranging interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer that aired Sunday night, Dugard opened up about her experiences at the hands of her captors, Nancy and Philip Garrido.

Dugard was just 11 years old when she was abducted in 1991 from the street in front of her South Lake Tahoe, California, home. The Garridos held her and her daughters in a hidden compound of sheds and tarpaulins until she was found in 2009.

Dugard is now 31 and working to build a new life, one in which she and her children are finally free.

"There's a switch that I had to shut off," she told Sawyer. "Just went someplace else."

"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."

Dugard recounted the first moment Phillip Garrido entered her life.

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  1. Elle Emerson

    I am a survivor of abuse and I find Jaycee's story deeply moving me to do as she says and "stare down what happened" and "have no shame". What she said to her mother, "He didn't get all of me". I don't want to remember what I suffered, but I want to look at it and say "He didn't get all of me". I will be reading the book all day tomorrow and Jaycee has given me a new perspective. I hope that I am strong enough to do what she has done. Thank you so much, Jaycee.

    July 11, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  2. Martina

    Jaycee Dugard is an incredible human being. What remarkable strength, composure and grace she had during her interview. So articulate and well-spoken.

    I wish and hope that she enjoys a incredibly wonderful life and her daughters as well. I hope she gets to have so fun being the kid that she never got to be.

    She's inspirational in so many many ways that would definitely be such a help to many girls, women and kids of all ages.

    I will definitely read the book.

    July 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm |