Jaycee Dugard Speaks Out at Hope Awards in Northwest D.C. About Three Abducted Cleveland Women Found

10:20 PM, May 7, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The one woman who may best know what those three Cleveland women are going through spoke out tonight at the Hope Awards Gala organized by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at the Ritz Carlton in Northwest D.C.

The timing of this event couldn't be more fortunate. Many of the people who fight for missing persons and several victims themselves attended. 

But, two of the honorees that know best what the Cleveland women are going through are Jaycee Dugard, who was held captive for 18 years, and her mother.

Jaycee Dugard opened her short speech with this, "What an amazing time to be talking about hope, with everything that's happening." 

"Another miracle happened, yesterday," said Jaycee's mother, Terry Probyn, "and three girls are alive, and I feel the same relief and joy that I felt when Jaycee was returned to me after 18 hellish years."

There are not many people in the universe who could even begin to understand what Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus and their families went through. 

Also at the Hope Awards Gala was Katie Beers, kidnapped in New York in 1992 and held for 17 days in an underground bunker. WUSA9 asked Beers what she thinks the three Cleveland women must be going through right now, "They have such a road of recovery ahead of them, they're probably being debriefed by the police and having to work through all of that. I can imagine the debrief of 10 years of captivity, mine was 17 days and it seemed like hours on end."

Victims advocate John Walsh created the TV show, "America's Most Wanted," after his son Adam was abducted and murdered. 

He's profiled two of the three Cleveland victims on the show, "It does reenergize me because three women that probably lots of people wrote off are back alive with their families tonight because of one guy and one brave girl who said I'm gonna get my daughter out of here, it's fantastic."

John Ryan is the CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He says the actions of the women's neighbor, Charles Ramsay, who helped Berry escape, teaches us all one thing, "The message is get involved don't turn away because when someone cries for help you don't know the full story."

Dugard echoed that sentiment at the end of her speech, "I'd like all of us to remember, to ask ourselves to care."

Also honored tonight, were Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston and his wife Robin Deardon, longtime supporters of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.


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