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Hear kidnap survivor Jaycee Dugard on the power of the human spirit

Dugard featured in the Sonoma Speaker Series on Monday, Oct. 3

By Kathy Witkowicki

Jaycee Dugard is an abduction survivor. At 11 years old, she was kidnapped in Lake Tahoe while walking to her school bus stop. She was held captive for 18 years in a backyard shed by convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido and his wife, Nancy. During that time, she gave birth to two daughters.

Since her rescue in 2009, she has used her freedom and voice to share her unique survivor experience.

Dugard is the author of A Stolen Life, a New York Times bestseller, and Freedom: My Book of Firsts, both memoirs she wrote detailing her 18 years in captivity, eventual rescue, and recovery process. Her hope is to educate the public about the term “Stockholm Syndrome,” a media-driven term that is degrading and insensitive to survivors and their families.

Rebecca Bailey, Ph.D., a leading family psychologist and equestrian who has become a world-renowned professional educator, speaker, author, and entrepreneur, is also part of the program.

She is the founder of Transitioning Families, a group of independently licensed mental health practitioners dedicated to helping families through crisis. She is best known for her work with survivors of nonfamilial abduction, and is on the advisory board of the JAYC Foundation. She has appeared as a guest and commentator on numerous network shows, including Anderson Cooper and ABC’s 20/20.

Both of these remarkable women will be the featured speakers at the Sonoma Speaker Series on Monday, Oct. 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hanna Center Auditorium. Tickets are $35 general admission and $75 VIP. For tickets and information, visit www.sonomaspeakerseries. com/tickets-and-info.