Monday, July 11, 2011

Life is too short for bitterness and rage

I had the chance to watch Diane Sawyer's interview with Jaycee Lee Dugard, the girl that was kidnapped at age 11 for 18 years.  During this time she was severely abused, sexual, physically, and mentally.  What she endured is unimaginable.  I highly recommend watching the full interview here.  It is simply amazing that she was able to survive and be as happy as she seems in spite of everything that she went through.

There was one thing in Jaycee's interview that really stood out to me.  Her mother said that Phillip Garrido, Jaycee's abuser, stole Jaycee's childhood, adolescence, her high school proms, etc.  Then Jaycee said something that really hit me.  She said, "I don't feel like I have this rage inside me that is building...  I refuse to let him have that.  He can't have me... [if I felt rage] it means that he won."  He may have stole all those things Jaycee's mother mentioned, but because of Jaycee's attitude, it's as she says in the interview, "he didn't get all of me."

Sexual abuse, however serious or seemingly not, is a terrible thing.  The abuser steals part of the victim's life and possibly murders the person they may have become, but victim doesn't have to lose everything.  With hope and the right attitude victims of abuse can with Jaycee, "he didn't get all of me," and that little bit of "me" is all I need to make a better life for myself and for my loved ones.

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