Wasn’t it amazing when Jaycee Dugard walked into that California police station recently and told them she had been kidnapped eighteen years ago?
Then her story unfolded and it became revolting … that she was forced to live outside with the least of necessities and that her abuser, Phillip Garrido, forced her to bear his children. Most of all, I cannot wrap my mind around the fact that a woman helped this monster to accomplish his evil deeds. It was Nancy Garrido, his wife.
A psychiatrist stated on TV that victims such as Jaycee can recover and move on with their lives. It reminded me of an interview I saw with Elizabeth Smart. A reporter asked how she would go on, what she would do. Elizabeth answered that she more or less would continue as usual. There was no mistaking her inner strength, a certain built-in defense mechanism.
As someone who was ripped away from my family at an early age and thrown into the abyss, I can tell you it’s not that way for everyone. For those of us who have been there … the road back can be a living hell.
Jaycee has already told her mother that she feels a terrible guilt for bonding with her captor. Her children have just learned that she is not their sister—she is their Mother. Is the handwriting on the wall?
Let us pray.
May Your Glass Always Be Half Full
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