Do You Think It's Wrong That Jaycee Dugard's Daughters Refer To Her Kidnapper Phillip Garrido As 'Dad?'

Mon, July 11, 2011 7:00pm EST by 49 Comments

Even though Phillip Garrido fathered Jaycee’s two (now teenaged) daughters by sexually abusing her, she still lets him keep his status as their ‘dad.’ Is she completely wrong in doing so or is she doing the right thing?

In her first interview since she was rescued in 2009, Jaycee Dugard, now 31, opened up about her 18 years as Phillip Garrido‘s victim and sex slave, and the complicated relationship her daughters Starlite, 16 and Angel, 13, share with their evil father. They call him ‘Dad!’ Is that wrong?

When Diane Sawyer questioned why she Jaycee called Garrido the kids’ dad on the July 10 ABC special — Jaycee replies, “He is who he is.”

“Their dad did strange things and they knew it, Jaycee tells Diane Sawyer. “They lived like that for so long that I don’t really think that that was that big of a shock to them. Because they knew their dad.”

But what do you think, HollyMoms? If you were in Jaycee’s shoes, would you allow the man that kidnapped, raped and held you hostage for 18 years to be considered your childrens’ father? Share your thoughts.

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patsy steen

Posted at 11:36 AM on August 30, 2014  

There will come a day when they will no longer call him dad. I’m 68 & still call the woman that birth me by her name. Then I fell in love with a psycho that brain washed me. He never paid attention to our kids, but he would grab the kids & run to Mom. This went on for 10 years & after his brother stepped & made him divorse me which he didn’t really want to do because when we moved near his family, He said, I’m gonna do what I want to & it took 30 years to find out a lot of things he did.

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Bex Bennett

Posted at 1:27 AM on September 17, 2013  

It has to be up to the girls. If they are made to feel guilty about their father they may feel they are evil too. It could really screw them up. Jaycee is a wonderful mother and an incredibly positive person and she will do what is right for her children however painful that may be. What an amazing, survivor she is. I listened to her book, read by her and was just bowled over by her inner strength and determination to not allow that man to take another day of her life away from her. I believe her when she says that. I wish her the very best in the future.

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Posted at 5:59 AM on September 15, 2013  

I have read up a lot on this, the day the t.v. said she was found I was walking in my living room and the news said that had found her I just stopped right there and cried even before all the media and she told her story. I believe she says He is what he is. There are some post on why she didn’t run away. After reading and hearing this story I cant believe that, that could even be a question.

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