Over the weekend we reported on Jaycee Dugard’s first appearance at a public event in New York, where she picked up the Inspiration Award at Diane von Furstenberg’s DVF Awards at the United Nations.
Now, the 31-year-old is opening up to Diane Sawyer about how she’s trying to move on after being kidnapped for 18 years.
In the interview she reveals that she is doing her best to protect her children, who were fathered by her kidnapper, Phillip Garrido, and shield them from the public.
“For 18 years, I had to hide, and to be out in public, to go to a restaurant and not — because even now, I feel like I have to hide,” she said. “I want my girls to have a normal life as much as possible. I feel like on some things I have to do it a little bit differently [to] not be recognized for their sake.
“I think in time as they get older, they’ll know how to deal with it better, and that would be the time that we would come out.”
She also revealed that she is slowly putting the pieces of her life together, but it will be a long time before she even contemplates a romantic relationship.
“No, no, I just, I can’t go there yet,” she said..
Jaycee has founded the JAYC Foundation that helps families recovering from abduction, and on Friday night she spoke of her efforts, saying: ”My hope is to be remembered for what I do, not to what happened to me.”