On June 10, 1991, when Dugard was 11 years old, she was kidnapped by Phillip and Nancy Garrido. Garrido had held her captive in their back yard and Phillip had raped her continuously for 18 years and made her give birth to two girls. Photo: Reuters Dugard recalled the suffering period of being in labor alone in the backyard, when she was only 14. At that time, she didn't even know she was in labor, but then she saw her first baby. She said, "She was beautiful. I felt like I wasn't alone anymore. (I) had somebody else who was mine...and I know I could never let anything happen to her. I didn't know how I was going to do that, but I did." Photo: Reuters However, Dugard described her own kidnapping as "the most horrible moment of your life times ten." Photo: Reuters Dugard recalled the day she was kidnapped. Dugard said she was walking on her to catch a school bus as usual, when suddenly she felt "tingly" and "numb," because Garrido shot her with a stun gun. And then the Garridos dragged her inside their car. She also remembered Phillip laughed and said to his wife Nancy, "I can't believe we got away with it." Photo: Reuters When Dugard was asked how she had coped with the continuous rapes, she said, "There's a switch that I had to shut off." "I mean, 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." Photo: Reuters Fortunately, Dugard was found in August 2009, when Garrido brought her and her two daughters for a parole meeting. Garrido even lied that Dugard was her daughter. However, Dugard eventually wrote down her real name before parole officers. They finally confirmed her true identity. She described the moment as re-igniting a flame which had been extinguished. "The light came back ... it was very dark for so long ... but that light finally came back on," she said. Photo: Reuters During the terrible 18 years, Dugard had managed to keep a ring, which her mother gave her, hoping to be reunited with her one day. "I wanted to see her more than anything," she said. "I would cry every day. (It was) hardest when I would think about her and what she was doing and then -- trying to convince myself she was better without me." "Worried I'd forget what she looked like, or what she sounded like. Would she forget me?" Photo: Reuters Dugard has written a book titled "A Stolen Life", which will be released this week. In the book, she reveals her ordeal in full to help liberate herself mentally. Photo: Reuters Last month, Phillip, who pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping and 12 counts of sexual assault, was sentenced to 431 years in prison by El Dorado Superior Court. His wife Nancy was sentenced to 36 years for her role in the crime, including kidnapping and one count of rape by force. Photo: Reuters
Jaycee Dugard, a California kidnap and rape victim who was held captive for 18 years, has shared for the first time the details of her harrowing experience with ABC News.
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