They have been kidnapped, raped and held captive for years – How are their lives now?
People normally suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD when they encounter dangerous events or extraordinary events that threaten a person’s being. There could be multiple reasons as to why a person would suffer such psychological side-effects like life-threatening accidents, unwanted incidents like death, uncommon medical treatment and severe experiences like kidnapping.
The world had its eyes on Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, Georgina ‘Gina’ DeJesus speak on TV to speak of their kidnapping ordeal. These three women were kidnapped by Ariel Castro and were held captive as he held the other women hostage whenever any of the girls try to flee. Knight, Berry and DeJesus showed that they are glowing members of the community after their traumatic ordeal.
Now, they are strong women who wish to show the world that they have survived despite a horrific event in their lives. These three women were not the only survivors of kidnap. In fact, there are more cases out there where a kidnapper was put behind bars for their crimes and a victim was rescued and returned to their families. Here are some of them who survived their ordeal and stood strong to this day.
1 Jaycee Lee Dugard
OHIO 1991, a little girl on here school was abducted by a married couple. Jaycee Lee Dugard was kidnapped by Phillip Garrido and his wife, Nancy, when she was 11 years old right before Jaycee’ stepdad’s eyes. Three years after her captivity, Jaycee got pregnant with her first daughter. As a captive she was constantly raped and emotionally abused by the married couple until she bore her second daughter at the age of 17.
Jaycee Lee Dugard was Jaycee no more. Phillip Garrido gave her a different name, where she has been called for those 18 years in captivity— Allissa. In August 2009, eighteen years after her kidnapping, an unusual behavior displayed by her two daughters made a 911 rescue happen.
Now, Jaycee is the central icon of her own foundation helping victims deal with the after effects of their ordeal. Her foundation, JayC Foundation, is now a home for many kids who suffered the same ordeal. This foundation came into light when the U.S. government granted $20 million in compensation for the mishandling of her case. As for the Garridos, they were sentenced to life in prison.