By Jaycee Dugard
In the summertime of 1991 i used to be a regular child. I did general issues. I had acquaintances and a mom who enjoyed me. i used to be similar to you. until eventually the day my existence was once stolen.
For eighteen years i used to be a prisoner. i used to be an item for somebody to exploit and abuse.
For eighteen years i used to be no longer allowed to talk my very own identify. I grew to become a mom and was once pressured to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an most unlikely situation.
On August 26, 2009, I took my identify again. My identify is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I don’t reflect on myself as a sufferer. I survived.
A Stolen Life is my story—in my very own phrases, in my very own approach, precisely as I take note it.
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At least there was the railway track to guide me, even in the worst visibility situations. I soon found that the hard ice crystals were driving into my clothing and were scratching my face so that I saw blood on the gloves with which I was trying to protect it. Looking into the wind was almost impossible. The real difficulty came when I had to cross one of the narrow causeways that had been built up for the railway. It was hardly wider than the single narrow-gauge track, and very steep slopes were on both sides.
Those were not good times to start at the University. The courses were all shortened so as to make more manpower available for the war effort. The great departments such as the Cavendish physics laboratory were drained of talent. Much of the gentle lifestyle of Cambridge had been abandoned. Nevertheless, I came to like the undergraduate life. But so far as the teaching in engineering was concerned, I found this dull, and I much preferred to read exciting books in the sciences, such as Sir James Jeans’ The Mysterious Universe and Sir Arthur Eddington’s Stars and Atoms on astronomy, as well as books on embryology, books on biochemistry of living systems—all kinds of things quite unconnected with the studies I was supposed to pursue.
All these internees had undergone individual investigations and had been cleared of any suspicion of being pro-Nazi. We had been told that this meant we would be safe from internment in the event of war. But the police chief of Cambridge thought it best to intern us nevertheless. We were told it would be only for a few days, and we would be regarded as friendly aliens and given the treatment appropriate to that status. What followed was quite a different story. The passports and identity papers of the Cambridge internees were all sent unintentionally on a ship to Australia, which in fact was sunk, but the internees, myself included, were sent on another ship to Canada.
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