There may be no one who understands better what the women in cleveland who just made their break for freedom experienced. Than jaycee dugard was held for 18 years. Today, dugard issued a statement... See More
There may be no one who understands better what the women in cleveland who just made their break for freedom experienced. Than jaycee dugard was held for 18 years. Today, dugard issued a statement saying, this isn't who they are. It is only what happened to them. Abc's cecilia vega, now, on strength and survival. Reporter: From this house on this street in cleveland comes a story of survival. And it is a story others have lived to tell. How did you stay sane? I don't know. I was still alive. There was still -- there was still hope. Still hope. Police started searching -- Reporter: Jacyee dugard, kidnapped on her way to school at age 11, imprisoned in a backyard for 18 years by a convicted sex offender and his wife. Jacyee told diane she found ways to cope. That sight of the moon, a reminder her mother could see it, too. And all those years she remembered a pinecone, the last thing she touched before being taken. Now, it's a symbol of hope and news beginnings and that there is life after something tragic. There's something that people have which is an innate resilience. And it varies tremendously from person-to-person. Reporter: Jaycee's two daughters, born in the backyard, made her want to live. Police say amanda berry gave birth during her captivity. I felt like I wasn't alone anymore. I had somebody that was mine. I wasn't alone. Reporter: That will to live, shared by elizabeth smart. It is possible to move on after something terrible has happened. And that we can speak out and we will be heard. Reporter: For elizabeth, jaycee, and now, the girls from cleveland, even after the unspeakable, new beginnings are possible. Cecilia vega, abc news, los angeles. And tonight, on this night, jaycee dugard will be honored in washington at the hope awards gala. These going to receive an award for her work to help protect children from victimization.
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