Kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard is taking legal action against the U.S. government in a lawsuit, according to People. Dugard claims federal authorities should have been more careful in monitoring her kidnapper, convicted rapist Phillip Garrido.
Parole agents were supposed to be supervising Garrido, who was on parole at his home in Antioch, Calif. from 1991 to 1999. During that time, agents failed to detect Jaycee in the home. Garrido, who fathered two of Jaycee's children, abducted Dugard in 1991, holding her captive for 18 years.
ABC News Consultant Elizabeth Smart, 23, who was abducted at 14 from her Salt Lake City home and held captive for nine months in 2002, has a message for fellow kidnap survivor Jaycee Dugard, who recently shared her 18-year ordeal in a new book and in an exclusive interview with Diane Sawyer.
Smart told "Good Morning America" Thursday what she would say to Jaycee if they were to meet. "I would tell her how much I admire her, for her courage, her strength. She is certainly to be admired for her coming out and not living in the shadow of her past."
Watch the moving segment.
In her new memoir, "A Stolen Life," kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard describes the loneliness and torment she faced during her 18 years in captivity.
Dugard revealed in an exclusive interview with Diane Sawyer that she was ready to move on, and in order to do so, she needed to confront her nightmare. "Why not look at it, you know, stare it down until it can't scare you anymore?"
Kidnap survivor Jaycee Dugard's interview with ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer Sunday was one of the most watched programs on the network, bringing in 14.8 million viewers. The 31-year-old survivor talked about her 18-year ordeal of abuse and torture at the hands of Nancy and Phillip Garrido.
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When asked why she never tried to escape with her two daughters, Jaycee explained, "I've asked myself that question... the mind manipulation, plus the physical abuse I suffered in the beginning, there was no leaving. I was being told the outside world was dangerous."
In an exclusive interview with ABC News host Diane Sawyer, kidnap survivor Jaycee Dugard talks about how giving birth to her first daughter, locked up and alone, gave her a purpose.
"I was still locked up at that time, and I was scared," Dugard, who was 14 at the time, told Sawyer. "It was very painful, but then I saw her. She was beautiful."
The 31-year-old continued, "I felt like I wasn't alone anymore, I had somebody that was mine and I knew I could never let anything happen to her. I didn't know how I was going to do that, but I did."
Jaycee Dugard, the kidnapped little girl who spent 18 years being held captive by Nancy and Phillip Garrido, is finally breaking her silence after being rescued two years ago.
Dugard chose to tell her story in a new memoir, "A Stolen Life," and in conversation with ABC News host Diane Sawyer, to air this Sunday.
"Now I can walk in the next room and see my mom," Dugard told Sawyer about the simply joys of her freedom. "Wow. I can decide to jump in the car and go to the beach with the girls. Wow, it's unbelievable, truly."
Watch a sneak peek.
Dugard, now 31, lives with her mother and the two daughters she gave birth to while being locked up in the Garrido's backyard -- also reveals for the first time what happened the day she was kidnapped.
For the first time since her rescue from 18 years in captivity, Jaycee Dugard is speaking on national television.
The 29-year-old appeared on "Good Morning America" Friday morning with her family, People.com reports.
"Hi. I'm Jaycee," she said to the camera. "I want to thank you for your support and I'm doing well ... It's been a long haul, but I'm getting there."
America has become familiar with the face of Jaycee Dugard -- the innocent blonde 11-year-old who was kidnapped and held captive for 18 years. Now the 29-year-old is featured on the cover of People magazine, saying, "I'm so happy to be back."
On the cover (not shown) Dugard beems with a genuine smile, she has the same bright blue eyes but her blonde mane is now a light brown.
Dugard is living in seclusion with her mother, Terry Probyn, and Jaycee's two daughters, Angel, 15, and Starlit, 11. Her children were fathered by her alleged kidnapper Phillip Garrido, who recently pled not guilty.
For much more on Jaycee Dugard's new life, check out the new issue of People magazine -- on newsstands Friday.