NEW YORK (AP) — Kidnapping survivor Jaycee Dugard left her secret California home over the weekend to make her first public appearance at a star-studded New York awards ceremony.

But she says she plans to continue living in hiding until her two daughters are more mature and can better understand the years they spent in captivity.

In an interview set to air Tuesday night, Dugard told ABC News that she wants her daughters to have a normal life as much as possible, and part of that involves not being recognized for now.

The 31-year-old Dugard was abducted from a bus stop in 1991 and held for 18 years in the Antioch backyard of Philip and Nancy Garrido. During that time, Philip Garrido raped her and fathered her two children.

The Garridos are now serving lengthy prison sentences.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Comments (9)
  1. cleopatra says:

    Good. Stay out of the news. Tired of hearing about it.

    1. Marilyn says:

      Cleopatra, I knew this family when she was abducted. NO knews for eighteen years, was heartbreaking for all those who knew her. You must be one of those shallow thinking people, who would rather watch a reality show, then
      see what is really going onhis world.

      1. Marilyn says:

        Opp’s, meant to say what is really going on in this world.

      2. Anonymous says:

        So you’re saying that just because someone gets tired of hearing about the same topic over and over again it must mean they’re “shallow thinking people” who would rather watch reality tv? Riiiight.

        I have nothing against Ms. Dugard and I feel bad for what she and her family had to go through, but unlike you, Marilyn, most of America (or even the state of California) does not know this family on a personal level. Since you have the personal connection, obviously you’re going to care more about it than some stranger living in Minnesota. The fact that the media is exploiting the whole case doesn’t quite help the matter, either. Face it, not everyone wants to keep hearing about the Jaycee Dugard, especially when the average family has bigger problems to worry about. She wants her privacy and we’re willing to give it to her. That’s all.

  2. Laura says:

    I agree, it is a horrible thing that happened to her. Keeping out of the public eye is probably best for her and her girls. I wish them the best and believe that we do not need to hear about them daily.

  3. Jaycee go away. says:

    Tired of hearing about you, go away and enjoy the 20 million taxpayer dollars.

    1. ? says:

      Then why don’t you just choose NOT to read about it? That’s what most people do when they are tired of hearing about a story.

  4. sassafras says:

    This is a once (thank God)in a life time story and it needs to be told to make people more aware of what could be happening next door, in this case law enforcement was so negligent that that defies all reason.

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