Abduction survivor Jaycee Dugard at next Sonoma Speaker Series event

Author, survivors advocate will be joined Oct. 3 by Rebecca Bailey.|

Abduction survivor Jaycee Dugard will be the featured guest at the next installment of the Sonoma Speaker Series, taking place Monday, Oct. 3 at Hanna Boys Center.

At 11 years old, Dugard was kidnapped in Lake Tahoe while walking to her school bus-stop. She was held captive for 18 years in a backyard shed by convicted sex offender, Phillip Garrido, and his wife, Nancy. During that time, she gave birth to two daughters.

Since her rescue in 2009, she has used her freedom and voice to share her unique survivor experience, according to an announcement of the event from the Speaker Series..

Dugard is the author of “A Stolen Life,” a New York Times bestseller, and “Freedom: My Book of Firsts,” both memoirs she wrote detailing her 18 years in captivity, eventual rescue and recovery process. “Her hope is to educate the public about the term ‘Stockholm Syndrome,’ a media-driven term that is degrading and insensitive to survivors and their families,” continued the announcement.

Family psychologist and equestrian Rebecca Bailey will join Dugard on stage at the event. Bailey is the founder of Transitioning Families, a group of independently licensed mental health practitioners dedicated to helping families through crisis. She is best known for her work with survivors of non-familial abduction and is on the Advisory Board of the JAYC Foundation.

The event is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hanna Boys Center Auditorium. Tickets are $35 general admission; $75 VIP. Visit sonomaspeakerseries.com/tickets-and-info/.

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