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Jaycee Dugard: Cleveland women need opportunity to heal

  • FILE - This Aug. 27, 2009 file family photo provided by Carl Probyn shows his stepdaughter, Jaycee Lee Dugard, who went missing in 1991. The California couple charged with kidnapping and raping Jaycee Dugard and holding her captive for 18 years are due back in court Thursday, April 7, 2011, as prosecutors and defense lawyers continue talks on a possible plea deal. Dugard was abducted in June 1991 on her way to school in South Lake Tahoe. Then 11, she was held for 18 years by Phillip and Nancy Garrido. She was raped repeatedly by Garrido and gave birth to two daughters. Dugard was freed after she and her two children appeared in public with Phillip Garrido and a police interrogation revealed her identity. Convicted of kidnapping and rape, Garrido was sentenced to 431 years in prison and his wife 36 years to life. (AP Photo/Carl Probyn, File)

SAN FRANCISCO — Kidnapping survivor Jaycee Dugard says the women who went missing about a decade ago and were found at a Cleveland home need a chance to heal and reconnect with the world.

In a statement released Tuesday through her publicist, Dugard said the human spirit is resilient, and the case reaffirms that people should never give up hope.

Dugard was abducted from a South Lake Tahoe, Calif., bus stop in 1991 at the age of 11 and held captive for 18 years in a backyard, where she gave birth to two children conceived by rape.

She wrote a best-selling memoir in 2011, "A Stolen Life," which recounts her years in captivity.

Police in Cleveland said the three women who vanished a decade ago were found Monday. Authorities later arrested three brothers, ages 50 to 54. Authorities suspect the women were tied up and held at the house.


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