Jaycee Dugard’s abduction is horrible but really rare

I found this very sensible editorial pointing out just how uncommon cases like Jaycee’s are, and saying we need to focus more attention on the victims of parental abduction, who tend to suffer a great deal of psychological trauma even if they’re not physically harmed. (Case in point: poor Richard Chekevdia was held in a tiny room for two years and never let outside after his mom abducted him.) Of course instances like the Dugard case are much more shocking and titillating to the public. But if the public knew the truth about parental abduction and the harm it causes, they would probably be shocked.

Jaycee’s hometown threw a parade to celebrate her rescue. 2,000 people showed up. She wasn’t around to see it, though. She’s hiding out with her mom and kids, presumably getting reconnected. I actually wouldn’t be surprised if she went on to lead a more or less normal life. Most of the survivors of concentration camps did okay afterwards, marrying again, getting jobs, having more kids, etc.

7 thoughts on “Jaycee Dugard’s abduction is horrible but really rare

  1. forthelost September 7, 2009 / 5:29 pm

    Just don’t read any of the comments in the articles on the Richard Chekevdia case – almost everyone says the mom did what she had to do.

    • Meaghan September 8, 2009 / 12:33 am

      Actually, I had a look at some comments on some of the articles and about half the people are saying the mom and grandma are nutters and were horrible to Ricky.

      • forthelost September 8, 2009 / 1:25 am

        I guess i’m just horrified anyone’s defending her at all.

  2. Cheryl September 8, 2009 / 1:09 pm

    From what I understand Richard slept in that small room but was not held “captive” there. He got to go outside, go fishing etc. As for the small storage area he was found in with his mother….it was just a hiding place they used when the police arrived.

    I’m not defending her or anyone else…its just seems that the media jumps on the worst detail and runs with it. People tend to take the news at face value without waiting to hear the whole story.

    I totally disagree with the idea of family abductions being more traumatic. Those kids may be living a life on the run but they are usually with someone that loves them. Stranger abductions tend to mean physical abuse, mental abuse and sexual abuse.

    • Meaghan September 8, 2009 / 1:50 pm

      I didn’t mean to imply that family abductions are more traumatic that abductions by strangers. Of course they aren’t. It’s just that many people seem to think family abductions aren’t traumatic at all, and they automatically leap to the conclusion that the abducting parent must be “protecting” the kid somehow. When in fact family abduction is child abuse — even if the kid isn’t being physically or sexually abused, they’re ripped away from all that they know, put under a great deal of stress as fugitives, often don’t attend school, etc — and usually the abducting parent is only trying to get back at their ex.

  3. Justin September 27, 2009 / 6:43 pm

    When I heard about Jaycee being found and that she had two daughters by her abductor, the first thing that popped into my mind was the similarities between her case and the case of Anthonette Christine Cayedito from New Mexico in 1986. I remember seeing an episode of Unsolved Mysteries back when it was hosted by Robert Stack about her. I got the impression that she was taken by someone who wanted a sex slave. The episode talked about a phone call that might have been by her to to cops and played a recording of it. I wonder if she is still alive and in the same situation that Jaycee was. If she is in Mexico, I doubt she will be recovered in that case.

    • Meaghan September 27, 2009 / 7:06 pm

      You have to wonder how many abducted children there are out there who are, or were, in that situation. And what happens to them when they get older. Garrido would probably have kept Jaycee indefinitely. I believe Kenneth Parnell actually planned to kill Steven Stayner because he’d gotten too old to be interesting, but he didn’t get around to it in time. Perhaps other children are released as adults and Anthonette Cayedito, and others, are living quietly and raising children under assumed names. Who’s to say?

      Nyleen Marshall appears to be a similar case.

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