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By Jaycee Dugard

In the summertime of 1991 i used to be a typical child. I did basic issues. I had neighbors and a mom who enjoyed me. i used to be similar to you. till the day my existence was once stolen.

For eighteen years i used to be a prisoner. i used to be an item for somebody to exploit and abuse.

For eighteen years i used to be no longer allowed to talk my very own identify. I turned a mom and used to be compelled to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an most unlikely situation.

On August 26, 2009, I took my identify again. My identify is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I don’t give some thought to myself as a sufferer. I survived.

A Stolen existence is my story—in my very own phrases, in my very own means, precisely as I bring it to mind.

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She was ‘very strict’, her former charge said of her in later years, ‘and the Princess had great respect and even awe of her, but with that the greatest affection . . She knew how to amuse and play with the Princess so as to gain her warmest 21 QUEEN VICTORIA affections. The Princess was her only object and her only thought . . ’” At night she stayed in the bedroom which the Princess shared with her mother until theDuchess retired; and in the morning, when thechild was being dressed by Mrs Brock, she read to her so that the little girl would not get into the habit of talking indiscreetly to servants.

This letter, referring to Princess Victoria as now being ‘more than Heiress Presumptive’ to the throne, required the appointment of the Duchess as Regent ‘without any interference whatsoever’. It also required the appointment of an English lady of rank to be appointed governess to the Princess, superseding Baroness Lehzen, and requested the recognition of the Duchess as Dowager Princess of Wales with an increased allowance for her in her new position in the kingdom. 2 Angered by this rebuff, the Duchess, advised by Conroy, immediately returned a sharp reply, contending that she would find it irksome to be Regent but that she owed it to her consciencefor her daughter’s sake to undertake theduty.

She knew how to amuse and play with the Princess so as to gain her warmest 21 QUEEN VICTORIA affections. The Princess was her only object and her only thought . . ’” At night she stayed in the bedroom which the Princess shared with her mother until theDuchess retired; and in the morning, when thechild was being dressed by Mrs Brock, she read to her so that the little girl would not get into the habit of talking indiscreetly to servants. Yet Louise Lehzen’s influence over Princess Victoria was not entirely beneficial, for the governess had her prejudices and these she implanted in her charge’s mind.

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