Lake Tahoe Kidnap Victim Has Long, Slow Road to Recovery

Posted By: The Ski Channel on September 11, 2009 3:10 pm

Studies show that children who have been abused and held captive for as long as Jacyee Lee Dugard was rarely see full recovery—if any. It’s a bleak picture, but it gets even bleaker when we think about Jaycee’s children, 11 and 15. Imagine never going to a school, or seeing a doctor. Then you find out your sister is really your mother, and your father is in jail for kidnapping and raping. It’s a situation that seems impossible to even grasp, let alone get over. Jaycee’s first and most important step on the road to recovery should be re-forming a relationship with her mother. This will be a slow and tedious process. According to mental health experts, it would be detrimental to Jaycee to just pick up where she left off with her mother. They can’t pretend like this incident never happened. If she is to recover at all, it will take years of therapy and patience on the side of both her and her mother. Her mother has to try and understand why Jaycee may show feelings of compassion for her captors. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but the patience and tolerance of Jaycee’s mother will greatly help in her re-bonding to her daughter. Medical experts expect Jaycee may never be able to live by herself, let alone hold a steady job or a romantic relationship. In Europe, kidnap victims may be placed in a sort of halfway house treatment center to help adjust back to normal life. We don’t have those in the States unfortunately. Our thoughts here at The Ski Channel go out to Jaycee and her family, and we hope there will be a recovery, and that it won’t be too long and hard of a process.