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Horse Therapy Helped Jaycee Dugard Reconnect with Family

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Jaycee Dugard, the California women held captive for 18 years in a backyard prison, has amazed millions with her resilience and courage in speaking about the horror she's overcome, but rejoining her family and moving forward has been the result of hard work with a team of therapists utilizing unique techniques.

Dugard's mother, Terry Probyn, and family unification therapist Rebecca Bailey spoke to ABC's Good Morning America on Monday about how Dugard is doing since she spoke exclusively to ABC News' Diane Sawyer and released her bestselling memoir, A Stolen Life.

Dugard spoke openly about her ordeal after being kidnapped at age 11 in 1991 by Phillip and Nancy Garrido. She was imprisoned in a backyard compound where she gave birth to two daughters before they were rescued in 2009.

Since her rescue, Dugard and her family have worked with Bailey and her team. Bailey utilizes techniques as varied as picking vegetables together to the use of dogs and horses to help family members reconnect with one another.

"It's a very collaborative effort between my team and the families that come in....We're all about empowering the family to get through the transition," Bailey said. "The impact on one victim has a ripple effect throughout the whole system. Some of the work we do is as simple as getting the family together to cook a meal together."

Dugard described the power of the horse therapy in her interview with ABC News earlier this month.

"I can choose for it to be a learning opportunity, a growing opportunity. When I can't catch that horse and I get frustrated, you know, next time I approach it differently. I'll try to grow from it," Dugard said.

Bailey said that the horses helped the family rebuild trust with one another and allowed them to simply play without thinking about the heavy ordeal they've all survived.

"It allowed for interaction without conscious self monitoring...also absolute trust," Bailey said earlier this month. "The first time they were put on the horses, there was a moment that they had to trust each other to lead each other...and believe it or not, that's a scary process."

Bailey said that horses are used to treat a range of conditions and illnesses from autism to brain injury.

"You can look at them as metaphorical mythical beasts. You can look at them as highly can look at them in all different things, but the fact is when you get in there [the corral], your defenses go're acting on fear in there," Bailey said earlier this month.

Dugard who planned to work on a horse farm the summer she was kidnapped while walking from her Tahoe, Calif., home to school, said that working with horses helped her conquer fears.

"The opportunity to work with horses was just amazing, you know," she said.

Now Dugard is using the same tools that helped her and her family with a new foundation. Her mother, Probyn, described the foundation on Good Morning America.

"It's actually the JAYC foundation and it means just ask yourself to care and what we want to do is give back to the folks that find themselves in these difficult situations," Probyn said.

Dugard wants the foundation to use animal therapy and other forms of therapy to help families of abduction and other families transitioning from difficult situations.  

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Jaycee Dugard Sparks Powerful Reaction from Abuse Survivors

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Watching Jaycee Dugard describe overcoming the scars from her 18 year abduction gave Janice Norwood hope that her daughter, missing for 22 years, is still alive and that she will see her again.

"Seeing Jaycee Dugard and her mother, I just...that would be so awesome and I just got to believe it's going to happen someday," Norwood said.

Norwood, 62, was one of nearly 15 million people who tuned in to Diane Sawyer's exclusive interview with Dugard, the California woman abducted at 11 and held captive in a backyard compound for nearly two decades. Dugard and the two daughters she gave birth to in that backyard prison were rescued in 2009.

The 31-year-old Dugard gave a rare glimpse into life of an abducted person and the way a predator operates. For Norwood, whose daughter Kimberly disappeared in 1989 at age 12, watching Dugard gave her a window into how her daughter might be living if she's alive.

"I have wondered so many times like what she's been put through...I have thought of Kim being drugged up, of being tied up, locked up...I try not to think about that," Norwood said.

Norwood's daughter, Kim, disappeared walking home from a friend's house in their Hallsville, Texas, neighborhood. Norwood still looks down her driveway when she's watering the grass or plants hoping her daughter will appear. She said she gathered strength from watching Dugard's mother, Terry Probyn. Probyn described working tirelessly to find Dugard and said she always had a gut feeling her daughter was still alive.

Norwood was one of hundreds who flocked to Facebook to thank Dugard for her bravery. As soon as the interview aired, viewers tweeted and posted comments about the impact of Dugard's story on them.

One person commented, "the next time someone tells me they can't, I will say three words, 'Jaycee Lee Dugard.'"

A woman posted on Sawyer's Facebook page that Dugard is a "universal lift for the human spirit."

Dugard recounted the abuse and manipulation she suffered at the hands of her abductors, Phillip and Nancy Garrido. She also emphasized how she's worked hard to overcome the horror she suffered.

Dugard gave the interview and released her memoir, A Stolen Life, because she doesn't want to keep any more secrets.

"Why not look at it? You know, stare it down until it can't scare you anymore," Dugard told Sawyer.

That confidence and bravery resonated with several abuse survivors.

A teenager commented, "I suffered molestation for eight years from my biological father before I told my mom. It's been four years since I've told and I still have not talked about it to my therapist. Hopefully, this will give me courage to overcome my fear of telling her. Thank you."

Another sexual abuse survivor wrote, "It's so easy to 'give in' to the pain and horror of it and let what happened become you. She [Jaycee Dugard] has shown me in so many ways, that now at 51, I have no excuse for not moving on and and helping whoever I can. Thank you, Jaycee, for being who you are."

Beth Hughes, 53, said that she was glued to the television when Dugard recounted her abuse. Memories of the molestation she suffered as a child came flooding back.

"Wow, here's a girl 18 years held captive and she's sharing her story and it just made me think...if more people, not just Jaycee talk about their journey and their recovery from the pain of it, I think a lot more people will be healthy mentally."

Dugard described shutting off a "switch" to survive in the oppressive environment of her captors. "You just do what you have to do to survive," she told Sawyer. Dugard said that she doesn't feel a rage building inside of her towards the Garrido couple. Instead, she refuses to let them have any more of her. Dugard's desire to build a future resonates with Hughes.

"You can't get the time back, you can only go forward...that clicked when I saw Jaycee," Hughes said. "I feel like I needed to help even one person whose struggling with things that happened to them in childhood and it's affecting them in adulthood," Hughes said.

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Jaycee Dugard's New Foundation Helps Families Impacted by Abduction

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Jaycee Dugard wears around her neck the small symbol of a pinecone. The prickly, sticky object was the last piece of freedom she grasped when Phillip and Nancy Garrido kidnapped her.

"Back then [the pinecone] was the last thing I touched...Now, it's a symbol of hope and new beginnings. And that...there is life after something tragic," Dugard told ABC News' Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview.

Part of her new beginning involves the creation of the JAYC Foundation which stands for Just Ask Yourself to Care. Dugard wants to help other families like hers, families impacted by abduction.

The foundation will use animal-assisted therapy, along with other support services to treat families recovering from abduction and the aftermath of traumatic experiences. Dugard will also use the foundation to help facilitate awareness in schools about the important need to care for one another.

Since she and her daughters were freed from the Garridos in 2009, Dugard has spent the last two years healing, learning to speak up for herself and enjoying firsts: like getting her driver's license, taking her daughters to school, simply having family dinners around a table. With the help of family unification therapist Rebecca Bailey and the Transitioning Families team, Dugard and her daughters have worked hard to free themselves from years of manipulation. The therapy includes a unique horse therapy. Just as important as her healing process, is the healing of her family too -- her mother who held hope for 18 years that she'd see Dugard again, her sister who was just a baby when she was abducted.

Portions of the proceeds from Dugard's memoir, A Stolen Life, will go to the JAYC Foundation. The foundation is also selling necklaces with the same pinecone charm that means so much to Dugard. A share of the proceeds from the necklace sales will also go to the foundation. You can purchase a necklace or make a donation to the foundation by going to its website.

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