Kidnapping survivor Jaycee Dugard says 3 women held captive in Cleveland need chance to heal

SAN FRANCISCO - Kidnapping survivor Jaycee Dugard says the three women held captive in a Cleveland home need a chance to heal and reconnect with the world.

The comment came in a statement released Tuesday through her publicist.

Dugard also made an oblique reference to the three long-missing women found in Cleveland as she accepted an award in Washington, D.C., from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

She says now is "an amazing time to be talking about hope, with everything that's happening." She urged the hundreds of people at the annual gala not to give up on missing children.

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

Dugard was abducted from a California bus stop in 1991 at age 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 recounting her years in captivity.


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