Log inskip to content

September 1st, 2009

Jaycee’s Long Road Home

Back in January 2007, I wrote a post asking the press and ignorant people to Leave Shawn Hornbeck Alone.  Sadly, I am here again, about to make the same impassioned plea for beleagured Jaycee Lee Dugard.

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last week, you know that Jaycee was the 11 year-old girl snatched near her South Lake Tahoe, CA home 18 long years ago by sex offender and all-around nut-job, Phillip Garrido, and his automaton wife, Nancy Garrido.  Phillip forced Jaycee to live in a "compound" hidden in his backyard that consisted of tents and lean-tos.  He raped the little girl, and she gave birth to two daughters - now 15 and 11 - in those squalid conditions.  None of them have ever been to a doctor and most people have said they are ashen pale and act like robots, bright blue eyes just staring listlessly.  The children, Starlet and Angel, have never been schooled and Garrido proudly announced they were "raised right" with no television - and no link to the outside world; their lives have been completely sheltered.

Carl Probyn, Jaycee's stepfather, who witnessed the abduction and was considered a suspect in early investigations, told the media that Jaycee - once reunited with her mother, expressed shame and guilt about "bonding" with Garrido.  She shouldn't - as it would be, as often is in these cases of long-term kidnappings, a classic case of Stockholm Syndrome.  What is truly sad is that there are people out there - many people - who feel that Jaycee did something wrong in not attempting to "escape" her attacker's clutches sooner.  Blaming Jaycee is absolutely putting blame in the wrong place - it lies squarely with the Garridos and nowhere else.  Identifying with, and even becoming close to, your attacker is common in hostage situations.  Jaycee was just an 11 year-old girl; the terror she must have felt being kidnapped and raped by this man we cannot even begin to comprehend.  We do not know what he did to her, or how he punished her if she disobeyed him or tried to escape or scream for help.  We do not know what her mind went through it or how it had to adapt to cope and survive.

We can't say, "Well, I would have tried to escape," because we can never put ourselves in such a horrible situation.  We do not know what it is like to suffer through something so traumatic and terrifying; especially to the mind of a scared and sexually-abused child.  We have no right to judge Jaycee.  All of our condemnations and indignation should be at Phillip Garrido and his weak-willed wife who did nothing to stop him or report his actions (though she, too, was obviously a victim of some sort to this manipulative madman).  If you have ire, direct it at the one person who deserves it - Phillip Garrido.  Jaycee Lee Dugard is completely innocent of any wrong-doing and to say she "preferred it there" or "didn't want to be found" or any of the other ignorant, ridiculous comments I have heard people make (the same type of comments that were made about Shawn Hornbeck) is nothing short of outrageous.  This young woman is about to start on a long road of healing, and she does not need to hear stories in the media - or people like Bill Reilly who claimed Hornbeck preferred living with his captor - accusing her of doing anything wrong.  She didn't.  The psychological nightmare that caused her to bond with her captor was one borne of survival instincts.  Until you can walk a mile in her shoes, do not judge her.

One Response to “Jaycee’s Long Road Home”

  1. Bobby
    Bobby says:

    My spouse and I stumbled over here by a different web address and thought I may as well check things out.
    I like what I see so i am just following you. Look forward to going over your web page yet again.

  2. tinyurl.com
    tinyurl.com says:

    Marvelous, what a web site it is! This web site presents helpful data to us,
    keep it up.

  3. Kasha
    Kasha says:

    Fabulous, what a weblog it is! This blog presents valuable facts to
    us, keep it up.

  4. Luiz Gastão Bittencourt
    Luiz Gastão Bittencourt says:

    I've been browsing on-line greater than three hours nowadays, but I never found any fascinating article like
    yours. It's beautiful value enough for me.
    In my view, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the web shall be much more helpful than ever before.

  5. tinyurl.com
    tinyurl.com says:

    Thanks for ones marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading it, you can be a great author.I will ensure that
    I bookmark your blog and may come back at some point.

    I want to encourage one to continue your great writing,
    have a nice holiday weekend!

  6. tinyurl.com
    tinyurl.com says:

    I visit day-to-day a few web pages and blogs to read content, however this webpage presents
    quality based content.

  7. http://tinyurl.com/y3fe9sdf
    http://tinyurl.com/y3fe9sdf says:

    Hi to every one, for the reason that I am genuinely keen of reading this weblog's post to be updated on a regular basis.
    It carries good data.

  8. Annette
    Annette says:

    Monetary advisors enterprise is folks business.

  9. tinyurl.com
    tinyurl.com says:

    Right here is the perfect blog for everyone who would like to understand this
    topic. You know a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you (not that I actually will need to…HaHa).
    You definitely put a brand new spin on a topic that has been discussed for
    a long time. Wonderful stuff, just wonderful!

  10. tinyurl.com
    tinyurl.com says:

    An impressive share! I've just forwarded this onto a co-worker who was conducting a little homework on this.
    And he in fact ordered me lunch because I stumbled upon it for him...
    lol. So allow me to reword this.... Thanks for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanx for spending time to talk about this subject here on your internet site.

  11. tinyurl.com
    tinyurl.com says:

    Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on blogs
    I stumbleupon every day. It's always helpful to read content from other authors
    and use a little something from other sites.

  12. Omar
    Omar says:

    Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
    you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is
    excellent, let alone the content!

  13. tinyurl.com
    tinyurl.com says:

    I always emailed this website post page to all my associates,
    since if like to read it then my contacts will too.

  14. Terese
    Terese says:

    If you desire to grow your know-how simply keep visiting this website and be updated with the hottest
    gossip posted here.

  15. tinyurl.com
    tinyurl.com says:

    Asking questions are truly good thing if you are not
    understanding anything totally, except this piece of writing
    presents pleasant understanding yet.

  16. Rose
    Rose says:

    Valuable info. Lucky me I found your site unintentionally, and I
    am stunned why this coincidence didn't came about in advance!
    I bookmarked it.

  17. tinyurl.com
    tinyurl.com says:

    Very good post. I certainly appreciate this website. Keep writing!

  18. tinyurl.com
    tinyurl.com says:

    Very energetic blog, I enjoyed that a lot.
    Will there be a part 2?

  19. http://tinyurl.com/
    http://tinyurl.com/ says:

    You should be a part of a contest for one of the finest blogs
    on the net. I am going to highly recommend this blog!

  20. tinyurl.com
    tinyurl.com says:

    Magnificent site. Lots of helpful info here. I am sending it to a few pals ans also sharing in delicious.

    And of course, thank you to your sweat!

  21. Jerry
    Jerry says:

    Schwab Clever Portfolios invests in Schwab ETFs.

  22. minecraft download mojang
    minecraft download mojang says:

    Woah! I'm really digging the template/theme of this blog.
    It's simple, yet effective. A lot of times it's very difficult to get that "perfect balance" between superb usability and appearance.
    I must say that you've done a excellent job with this. Additionally, the blog loads
    super fast for me on Firefox. Excellent Blog!

  23. Maynard
    Maynard says:

    I like the helpful information you provide in your articles.

    I will bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly.
    I am quite sure I'll learn many new stuff right here!
    Best of luck for the next!

  24. Elke
    Elke says:

    Now it is time to choose your specific investments.

  25. http://tinyurl.com/
    http://tinyurl.com/ says:

    Heya! I'm at work browsing your blog from my new iphone!
    Just wanted to say I love reading through
    your blog and look forward to all your posts!
    Carry on the superb work!

  26. Augustus
    Augustus says:

    Very good information. Lucky me I recently
    found your website by chance (stumbleupon). I've book-marked it for later!

  27. Gladis
    Gladis says:

    I've been surfing online more than three hours today, yet
    I never found any interesting article like yours. It's pretty worth enough
    for me. In my opinion, if all web owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will
    be much more useful than ever before.

  28. https://tinyurl.com
    https://tinyurl.com says:

    Consider investments that supply fast annuities.

  29. Charolette
    Charolette says:

    With havin so much content do you ever run into
    any problems of plagorism or copyright violation? My blog has a lot of unique content I've either authored
    myself or outsourced but it seems a lot of it is popping it up all over
    the internet without my permission. Do you know any
    techniques to help protect against content from being ripped off?
    I'd really appreciate it.

  30. http://tinyurl.com/yyc6cmn5
    http://tinyurl.com/yyc6cmn5 says:

    Hello! Do you use Twitter? I'd like to follow you if that would
    be okay. I'm absolutely enjoying your blog and
    look forward to new posts.

  31. tinyurl.com
    tinyurl.com says:

    Magnificent goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you are just
    extremely wonderful. I really like what you have acquired here, really
    like what you are stating and the way in which you
    say it. You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it smart.
    I cant wait to read far more from you. This is actually a tremendous website.

  32. Florentina
    Florentina says:

    I savor, result in I found just what I was looking for. You've ended my 4
    day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day.
    Bye

  33. http://bit.ly/2CuY8tk
    http://bit.ly/2CuY8tk says:

    It's very trouble-free to find out any matter on web as compared to
    books, as I found this post at this web site.

  34. Luiz Gastão Bittencourt
    Luiz Gastão Bittencourt says:

    It's amazing designed for me to have a website, which is useful designed
    for my experience. thanks admin

  35. John
    John says:

    That is a really good tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere.
    Short but very precise info… Thanks for sharing this one.
    A must read article!

  36. Luiz Gastão Bittencourt
    Luiz Gastão Bittencourt says:

    Excellent goods from you, man. I've take note your stuff prior to and you are just extremely great.
    I actually like what you have obtained here, certainly like
    what you're stating and the way in which you are saying it.
    You're making it enjoyable and you still care for to
    stay it wise. I can't wait to learn far more from you.
    This is really a tremendous website.

  37. Sonja
    Sonja says:

    I seriously love your website.. Pleasant colors & theme.

    Did you build this amazing site yourself?
    Please reply back as I'm trying to create my very own site and would love to find
    out where you got this from or what the theme is named.

    Thank you!

  38. tinyurl.com
    tinyurl.com says:

    Everyone loves it when folks come together and share thoughts.
    Great blog, continue the good work!

  39. tinyurl.com
    tinyurl.com says:

    Undeniably believe that which you said. Your favorite reason seemed to
    be on the net the easiest thing to be aware of.
    I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while people
    consider worries that they just do not know about.
    You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined
    out the whole thing without having side-effects , people could take a signal.

    Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

  40. http://tinyurl.com/yxad7zvq
    http://tinyurl.com/yxad7zvq says:

    Spot on with this write-up, I actually believe this web site needs a lot more attention. I'll probably be returning to read more,
    thanks for the advice!

  41. Ernestine
    Ernestine says:

    Financial advisors enterprise is folks enterprise.

  42. Sung
    Sung says:

    I loved as much as you'll receive carried out right here.
    The sketch is attractive, your authored material stylish.
    nonetheless, you command get got an edginess over that you wish be delivering the following.
    unwell unquestionably come further formerly again since exactly the same nearly a lot often inside case you shield
    this increase.

  43. http://tinyurl.com
    http://tinyurl.com says:

    And this is an investment risk value taking.

Leave a Reply

Gravatars are enabled. Don't have one? Go grab one!

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Spam Protection by WP-SpamFree



Calendar

May 2019
M T W T F S S
« Jul    
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031