A Stolen Life: A Memoir
by Jaycee Dugard
In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation.On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I don’t think of myself as a victim. I survived.A Stolen Life is my story—in my own words, in my own way, exactly as I remember it.
Like so many other people, I was shocked when I heard the news that Jaycee Dugard had been found after being kidnapped eighteen years ago. I tried to imagine how her family was feeling. I’m sure they were thrilled, but it had to be scary and difficult too. It would be hard to come to terms with the abuse that she suffered for so many years.
I was interested in reading Jaycee’s memoir because I have to admit I was a little intrigued by what could have kept her from escaping for so many years. While I don’t think I could ever completely understand, I have far more insight into how he had so much control over her that she wouldn’t escape. It is such a sad story, but I’m amazed at how much Jaycee was able to learn and teach herself, as well as her daughters, while she was held captive.