Kidnapping Survivor and Author
In 1991, Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped by two strangers from a bus stop in her hometown of Lake Tahoe. She survived years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her two assailants. She was finally reunited with her mother and family in 2009, eighteen years after she was taken. Jaycee is now the author of two New York Times Best Sellers, A Stolen Life: A Memoir (2011) and Freedom: My Book of Firsts (2016).
Jaycee and her family created The JAYC Foundation Inc in 2011. The Foundation’s message is “Just Ask Yourself To Care”. The mission is to help families that have suffered a familial or non-familial abduction or other trauma; to spread the message of compassion and awareness through educational programs; to encourage the collaboration of various entities to provide “Protected Spaces” for families to heal. Trainings for Law Enforcement Officers are also available in which Jaycee and her team utilize her story to encourage and motivate a victim centered approach.
She has been the keynote speaker at several events including the annual Florence Crittenton “Teaming Up for Girls” and the OJJDB “Protect Our Children” events.
Jaycee enjoys her new life of freedom and the many new experiences that go with it. When she is not distracted by her furry family members she enjoys reading, writing and eating.