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.
2 Collen Stan
CALIFORNIA 1977, hitchhiking was never a safe thing for anyone, not even when you’re at the right age. Colleen hitchhiked and happily got into a car with a couple and their baby. Shortly, the driver pulled over in a near dirt road and attacked colleen with a knife at her throat. Cameron Hooker and his lady, Janice, handcuffed her and put a custom-made head box made especially for their kidnapping spree.
Cameron Hooker had long since dreamed of a sexual fantasy of owning a sex slave where his wife tagged along in fear of being abandoned by her husband. She was locked away in a custom-made box fitted under the couple’s bed for seven years. Colleen suffered seven years of sexual and physical abuse until her captor’s wife couldn’t stand it anymore and called in the police.
Seven years later, Colleen gathered up the courage to finish a degree in accounting. She’s now happily married with a daughter. Her captor, Cameron Hooker, was sentenced to 104 years in prison also due to his wife’s testimony.
3 Stephaine Slater
BURMINGHAM 1992, Stephanie Slater, real estate agent, had no idea what was to happen to her when she was taking a client to look at a house up for grabs. Michael Sams attacked Stephanie from behind and kidnapped her for eight days. Stephanie lived in a coffin for the rest of her captivity.
Sams demanded £175,000 from her real estate agency. The police set a trap for this serial killer and was able to catch him right in time to rescue Stephanie. Although she suffered a severe back injury from the incident and left her somewhat crippled, she is living a happy single life with her long-time friend Stacey.
4 Tanya Nicole Kach
PITTSBURGH 1996, as a blue-eyed troubled teen, looking for a confidante is the best thing in order to get right on track. This didn’t happened for Tanya Kach though. She found comfort in their school’s security guard, Tom Hose. Hose asked her to elope with him and brought her home to his parent’s house and kept her as a captive rather than a lover.
Tanya was a sex slave whose life as well as her family’s lives were constantly threatened by her captor. Four years hidden in his closet, Hose introduced Tanya as ‘Nikki’ to his parents and was then allowed to legally live-in together.
Ten years in her captivity, Tanya managed to have a private talk to a shop owner who immediately notified the police for her rescue. Now, tanys is happily engaged to her fiancé. She is currently in the process of renovating her relationship with her family especially her dad. She was able to publish her book, ‘Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid: Tanya Nicole Kach Story’ in October 2011. Her captor remains in prison to this day serving his 15 year sentence.
5 Natascha Kampusch
AUSTRIA 1998, ten-year-old Natashca Kampusch was kidnapped by Wolfgang Priklopil. She was held captive in a cellar for the first couple months of her captivity. Natascha served as Priklopil’s servant for the remainder of the eight years she spent with him. Given the chance when Priklopil took a phone call, she ran away and immediately contacted the police.
In pursuit of her captor, the police failed to catch him alive as he committed suicide by jumping in front of a train. Now, Kampusch is the proud author of 3096 Tage (3096 Days). A documentary was made about her abduction entitled, Natascha Kampusch: 3096 Days in Captivity. In 2007, she was the new face of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).