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Dugard Tells Horrifying Story of Captivity

Her book comes in audio form, so Jaycee Dugard will tell her entire story in her own words.



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    Jaycee Dugard's gripping and terrifying story of being held by a madman and his wife in an Antioch backyard for 18 years is now public.

    There are no more secrets.

    Dugard has written a book on her life and spares no detail of the torture she suffered at the hands of Phillip and Nancy Garrido.

    The book, "A Stolen Life," will be released Tuesday and gives gut-wrenching details of the rapes, abuse and isolation she endured between the ages of 11 and 29. The book comes in audio form tracked by Dugard herself.

    Dugard gave her only planned interview to promote the book to ABC's Diane Sawyer. ABC aired a two-hour special featuring Dugard on Sunday night that was watched by nearly 15 million people. Nielsen ratings found it was the most-watched summertime news magazine since 2004.

    Dugard seemed peaceful, resigned and confident during two sit-down interviews with Sawyer. One on a couch inside her home and the other on the home's porch sitting next to her mom. When asked by Sawyer how she stayed sane through the torturous 18 years, Dugard said: "I don't know. I can't imagine being beaten to death, and you can't imagine being kidnapped and raped. You just do what you have to do to survive.''

    In the book, Dugard writes that Phillip Garrido forced her to shower with him on her first night in captivity.

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    This is a television news report from 1991 following the kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard.
    (Published Friday, Aug. 28, 2009)

    "My silent tears became giant sobs....the man looks like he doesn't know how to respond; he tells me to calm down, that he is not going to do anything more to me today. The man takes me in his arms and offers comfort. I do not want comfort from this awful man, but there is no one else here and I reluctantly lean into the comfort he gives. Up until now I have not cried one time. Only on the inside. Now I feel like a rabbit being comforted by a lion. I am so scared."

    She said later that same night, Phillip Garrido brought her a bucket and told her that was her toilet. Dugard's life went down hill from that point for the next 18 years.

    Dugard was kidnapped near her parents' home in South Lake Tahoe when she was 11 in 1991.

    Now 31, Dugard lives at an undisclosed location in Northern California.

    The Garridos were sentenced earlier this year. Phillip Garrido will spend the rest of his life in jail. His wife Nancy has a small chance of getting out of prison when she is a very old woman.