A year after Jaycee Dugard was saved from 18 horrific years of being a sex slave to a sadistic kidnapper, a family insider says writing the book is an important step in the mom of two’s recovery, and that she’s hoping to help others by telling her story.
Jaycee Dugard has been to hell and back. But she survived. Kidnapped at the age of 11, for 18 years she was held hostage in a backyard shelter and forced to bear two children to her kidnapper, a convicted sex offender. Now she is choosing to tell her tale of horror in a memoir in the hope that it will help her to move on — and help victims of similar crimes. “I’m not surprised by her decision,” a family friend told Star magazine. “She’s a wonderful girl and it’s a totally selfless act to reach out to other victims if it can help in their recovery — even at the cost of having to revisit her own nightmare again.”
Kerri Kolen, an editor at the publishing house Simon & Schuster — who will release the book next year — has been working with Jaycee on the book and says, “She writes with such honesty and intimacy that as I read her narrative, I felt like I was in the room with her. It’s a truly important story to tell.”
Jaycee is using part of her $20 million settlement from the state of California to set up a foundation for victims of similar crimes, but a large chunk of the money will go towards lifetime therapy for her and her two daughters, Angel, 16, and Starlit, 12.
The trio haven’t ventured out much in the public eye since their August 29, 2009, rescue from their alleged kidnappers, Phillp Garrido, 59, and his wife Nancy, 55, but they’re really trying to find some sense of normalcy. “The everyday things for everyone else mean so much more to her now,” the family friend said. “Yes, Jaycee and her children have a long road ahead of them to a full recovery. But considering where they’ve been and where they are now, it’s amazing how well they’re doing!”