Monday, July 18, 2011


I have been following the Jaycee Lee Dugard story closely as it portrays an amazing example of survival. Dugard was kidnapped at age 11 in 1991 by convicted sex offender Phillip Craig Garrido. Dugard had been held captive for 18 years by Garrido unbeknownst to law enforcement who had been to Garrido's house 60 times since 1991. On June 2 Garrido was sentenced to 431 years' imprisonment. His wife and accomplice, Nancy, was sentenced to 36 years to life.

I plan to read Dugard's book, "A Stolen Life" but really wanted to see her interview with Diane Sawyer over the weekend. I just caught the end. I did manage to see some clips of the interview online but for those who missed it as well, Dugard started a foundation called JAYC Foundation. It provides support and services "to ensure the timely treatment of families that are recovering from abduction and the aftermath of other traumatic experiences."

It's so inspiring to me that in her pain she is reaching out to others - I'm really in awe of Dugard's strength. I do hope the events leading to Dugard's rescue help reform the system law enforcement has in place as the case has revealed numerous loop holes, lack of investigation, etc. Sexual predators in our country is an epidemic so reform as well as support for families of victims is a must.

On the foundation site you can order these pinecone necklaces (proceeds go toward the foundation). I'm for sure going to save up for one. It would go toward a wonderful cause and be a great reminder of Dugard's survival.
The foundation is on FB but the site is

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