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A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
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Feb 06, 12

I approached this book with some trepidation as I did not want to ‘like’ or ‘enjoy’ a book about someone who has been victimized. “A Stolen Life” however, is not so much a graphic, blow by blow account of the terrible experiences that the author suffered, it is more her reflecting on, and processing through the events from a position of safety, and with the benefit of counselling. The author does describe one particular incident, giving a hint at the type of abuse that occurred and this enables the reader to empathise and put themselves in Dugard’s shoes.

Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped at age 11 and held prisoner for an incredible 18 years. During this time she was used, abused, and conditioned to believe that her captor – Phillip Garrido – was always right, that there was nowhere for her to go and that there was no point in her trying to escape. Dugard was manipulated into believing that her family had forgotten about her and this is partly why she felt that she could not leave. Restored to her family at age 29, Jaycee Dugard has set up a foundation to provide support and counselling to victims of abduction and their families. A really good read.

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