Memoir details Jaycee Dugard's long kidnap ordeal

July 7, 2011 - 3:44 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — In a newly published memoir, Jaycee Dugard recounts in wrenching detail the rapes, isolation and heartbreak she endured during 18 years as a kidnap victim twice impregnated by her captor.

Dugard says she had two primary motives for writing the book, titled "A Stolen Life."

She wants to give a precise account of the ordeals that Phillip and Nancy Garrido inflicted on her. And she also hopes that her story might be of help to people facing crises of their own.

"You can endure tough situations and survive," she writes.

Dugard was kidnapped near her California home in 1991, when she was 11, then sexually abused and held captive for 18 years. The couple pleaded guilty earlier this year and received lengthy prison sentences.