Kidnapping is a terrifying crime that can leave victims traumatized for years. However, some brave individuals have managed to escape from their kidnappers and live to tell their stories. Here are six kidnapped kids who narrowly escaped:
1. Elizabeth Smart
Elizabeth Smart was just 14 years old when she was abducted from her Salt Lake City home in 2002. She was held captive for nine months by a couple who repeatedly raped and abused her. Despite being threatened with death, Elizabeth managed to escape when she was finally rescued by police.
2. Jaycee Dugard
Jaycee Dugard was just 11 years old when she was kidnapped from her California home in 1991. She was held captive by a couple for 18 years, during which time she was repeatedly raped and gave birth to two children. Jaycee managed to escape in 2009 when she was discovered by police.
3. Steven Stayner
Steven Stayner was just 7 years old when he was abducted in California in 1972. He was held captive by his abductor for seven years, during which time he was sexually abused. Steven managed to escape in 1980 and reunited with his family, but tragically died in a motorcycle accident a few years later.
4. Natascha Kampusch
Natascha Kampusch was just 10 years old when she was abducted in Austria in 1998. She was held captive by her abductor for eight years, during which time she was physically and sexually abused. Natascha managed to escape in 2006 when her abductor became complacent and she was able to run away.
5. Shawn Hornbeck
Shawn Hornbeck was just 11 years old when he was abducted in Missouri in 2002. He was held captive by his abductor for four years, during which time he was sexually abused. Shawn managed to escape in 2006 when he was finally rescued by police.
6. Michelle Knight
Michelle Knight was 21 years old when she was abducted in Ohio in 2002. She was held captive by her abductor for 11 years, during which time she was repeatedly raped and physically abused. Michelle managed to escape in 2013 when her abductor left the door to the house unlocked and she was able to run to a neighbor’s house for help.
These are just a few examples of the many kidnapped kids who have managed to escape from their abductors. Their stories are a testament to the resilience and bravery of the human spirit in the face of unimaginable adversity. While their experiences are harrowing, they serve as a reminder of the importance of remaining vigilant and doing everything we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones from harm.