ANTIOCH (ET/CBS) – Kidnap survivor Jaycee Dugard sat down with ABC’s Diane Sawyer Sunday night in her first TV interview, where a now 31-yr-old Jaycee relived eighteen terrifying years of prolonged abuse and torture under the captivity of Phillip Garrido.
At just 11, Jaycee recalls the terror of spending the first few days of capture entirely reliant on Garrido for food and bathroom breaks, immobilized by handcuffs for days. It was in this handcuffed state she says that the first sexual assault took place. She tells Diane that she was so young she didn’t understand what was happening to her.
Oprah Winfrey took to Twitter last night in disgust over the heartbreaking story, condemning the parole system for their “failure” and “neglect.” She later tweeted: “Don’t we love Jaycee’s resilience. She is remarkable. Much to teach us all. Have pre-ordered the book.”
Dugard cites television for keeping her sane, in particular the show, “Who’s the Boss” which she watched as a child before her abduction, often calling herself by the name “Alyssa” post-capture when she wished to escape the reality of life as Jaycee.
Milano responded to Dugard via Twitter with the message: “Jaycee Dugard, Your strength & grace are such an inspiration. Your message of hope is vital for everyone to hear. #GoodWins.”
“NCIS” star Pauley Perrette also took to the social media giant to after watching the inspiring interview. She writes: “Wow. Jaycee Dugard interview ends with #GoodWins my hashtag from before On my “Overcome Evil With Good” tweet day. SYNC!”
Watch the video on ETOnline.com to hear more for Jaycee, including details of her day-to-day life, as well as the ways she has been able to overcome and resume her life after eighteen wasted years.
Jaycee’s book A Stolen Life: A Memoir officially goes on sale Tuesday, July 12.
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