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Diane Sawyer: 'I've Never Met A Young Woman Like' Jaycee Dugard

Wed, July 6, 2011 2:58pm EDT by Add first Comment

The veteran anchor revealed details from her upcoming interview with Jaycee Dugard in a recent appearance on ‘The View!’

Jaycee Dugard, the 31-year-old woman who was kidnapped at age 11 and held captive for 18 years, is finally speaking out about her tragic captivity in an upcoming interview with Diane Sawyer. Diane stopped by The View today, July 6, discuss the miraculous story and spirit of Jaycee.

“In my long career, I have never met a young woman like her.  I have never heard a story like hers and I have never heard someone come through with radiant spirit, and her message, which is to love your life,” the ABC World News anchor revealed.

Jaycee’s kidnapping is especially notorious for her captor’s treatment of the young girl: after her abductor impregnated her, Jaycee was forced to mother her two daughters, now teenagers, while under captivity in the backyard of her abductor’s home.

“She’s very protective of them and their privacy and they had little schooling: classes every day from 10-2 and she would teach them as much as she could remember about life and the world.,” Diane reveals. “They are brilliant young women and she loves them completely.”

Viewers will also be inspired by Jaycee‘s reunion with her mother. “It’s the most beautiful story of a reunion,” Diane adds. “When you see the two of them the day she came back and her mother’s real feeling, it’s astounding.”

Jaycee’s memoir A Stolen Life comes out on July 12, in which she delivers a firsthand account of her 18 year captivity.  Diane explains, “a lot of people ask, ‘why did you write about the sexual exploitations?’ And she said it’s his shame, not hers.  ‘Out of all the people who are sexually abducted,’ she says, ‘let’s stare at their captors until there isn’t fear anymore.'”

Watch the complete segment from The View and don’t miss Diane Sawyer’s first interview with Jaycee Dugard since her kidnapping this Sunday at 9/8c on ABC.

Diane Sawyer on The View

— Michael Emer


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