Jaycee Dugard was a young eleven-year-old girl when she was abducted by her kidnappers, Philip Craig Garrido and Nancy Garrido, on June 10, 1991. For the next 18 years of her life, she lived in a sound-proof shack in the backyard of her captor’s home. Jaycee Dugard raised two children in the same backyard shack, never going to the doctor or even attending school.
Jaycee Lee Dugard was in the wrong place at the wrong time she was walking home when she was nabbed by her abductor Philip Craig Garrido. Unlike many of the other faces that end up on milk cartons, Jaycee Dugard was one of the lucky ones. In similar kidnapping cases, the kidnapped children are usually eventually murdered.
Parents need to protect their children like never before. So many parents – just like Jaycee Dugard’s parents – think that the nightmare of losing a child could never happen to them. The nightmare of losing Jaycee Dugard has plagued her family for the last 18 years. For many of the last 18 years, Jaycee Dugard’s parents have longed for a body – so that they could have closure. Little did they know that Jaycee Dugard would waltz right in to a police station and their long lost daughter would be returned to them.
Your child could be abducted just like Jaycee Dugard. Learning from the Jaycee Dugard situation and protecting your kids from pradators like Craig Garrido and Nancy Garrido is vital to the health and well-being of your child. Here are three things we can teach our children so that they will not become the next Jaycee Dugard.
Lesson #1: Don’t let your guard down. Children are naïve and it’s important to teach them at a young age to be aware of their surroundings. Jaycee Dugard did not see her abductors – Philip Craig Garrido and Nancy Garrido – coming. It’s a scary truth that many children do not see their abductors.
Lesson #2: Keep a cell phone on you at all times. Even though cell phones were not popular when Jaycee Dugard was abducted by Philip Craig Garrido and Nancy Garrido, a cell phone could be useful now. Have your child call 911 and scream out what they see if they are abducted. This will help authorities find your child should they be abducted like Jaycee Dugard.
Lesson #3: Never go anywhere alone. There is strength in numbers. Had Jaycee Dugard been with a group of friends, her abductors Philip Craig Garrido and Nancy Garrido may not have stopped to pick her up.
It’s sad our children have to grow up in a world where they have to worry about people like Philip Craig Garrido and Nancy Garrido. All we can do is learn from this tragedy of Jaycee Dugard and pray it never happens to one of our loved ones.
Below is a link to a web page to show some pictures of Jaycee Dugard before and after her abduction. Thank God Jaycee Dugard found her way home safe. I know like many of you out there do we pray for the safe return of every missing child and our hearts go out to the parents who children our missing, our prayers will be with you.