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Dugard: Cleveland women need opportunity to heal

6:50 AM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON -- Kidnapping survivor Jaycee Dugard made an oblique reference to the three long-missing women found in Cleveland as she accepted an award in Washington, D.C., from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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She says now is "an amazing time to be talking about hope, with everything that's happening." She urged the hundreds of people at the annual gala not to give up on missing children.

The women disappeared about a decade ago and were found Monday at a Cleveland home. In an earlier statement, Dugard said they will need a chance to heal and reconnect with the world.

Dugard was abducted from a California bus stop in 1991 at age 11 and held captive for 18 years in a backyard, where she gave birth to two children conceived by rape.

She wrote a best-selling memoir in 2011 recounting her years in captivity.

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