On her first trip to New York City, Jaycee Dugard attended a star-studded awards ceremony, took in a Broadway play and was awed by the city’s skyscrapers. But for her, the most memorable component of the trip was going for pizza. “I’ve had a terrific time in New York and it really is been wonderful. Just an incredible city and so substantially to do,” Dugard told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview. “Just walking down the street. With everyone. It was my favorite moment.”
For a lady who had spent most of her life held captive in the backyard of Philip and Nancy Garrido and who had been reclusive given that her rescue to make sure her notoriety did not impact her children, it was liberating not to have to hide.
Dugard was kidnapped in 1991 when she was 11 years old and held captive for 18 years by the Garridos. She was raped and gave birth to two daughters in captivity before getting rescued in 2009. She wrote a bestselling book about her ordeal final year.
Dugard, 31, was in New York City for the Diane von Furstenberg Awards and despite the fact that she was surrounded by some of the most strong and influential ladies in the planet at the event it was Dugard who stole the show.
Oprah Winfrey, who was also honored, used element of her speech to inform Dugard, “I am so proud of you, your courage, your potential to press onward toward the future.”
Dugard, who received the Inspiration Award, told Sawyer the issue she loves the most each day is freedom. “Just being cost-free to do what I want to do, when I want to do it,” she mentioned. “That is the whole studying course of action to, to know that you can.”
Element of enjoying her freedom is creating confident the previous does not have hold of her, and Dugard told Sawyer that the traumatic ordeal is not on her thoughts every single day and that she decided to forgive Phillip and Nancy Garrido in order to move on with her life.
“It really is not with me just about every day. That is more than. Nancy and Philip are behind bars,” she stated. “There is so significantly out here to do and really feel. … I feel like I can make a distinction. … I do not want to be remembered for what occurred.” Dugard desires to be remembered for the function of her foundation, the JAYC Foundation, which stands for Just Ask Your self to Care.
The foundation uses animal-assisted therapy, along with other help solutions to treat households recovering from abduction and the aftermath of traumatic experiences.
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Dugard is also attempting to make memories, crossing life experiences off a list she produced when it seemed freedom was impossible.
So far she has gone on a hot air balloon, discovered to drive and routinely rides a horse as element of her therapy, and bragged she has advanced to cantering with her horse and is now saddling the horse by herself. Functioning with horses, she mentioned, teaches her confidence and assertiveness.
“You have to be quite confident of your self when you happen to be riding. You never want to have any doubts in your mind due to the fact they will sense that,” she said. “I had a tiny fall, so yeah.”
She still wants to see the pyramids, swim with dolphins, touch a whale and take a train ride. And she hopes to write a further book.
*This story has been updated to reflect that while leading a pretty private life Dugard and her loved ones are not in hiding.