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    >>> dugard,he califnia woman, spent 18 years in captivity at the hands of phillip and anthony garrido is revealing her horrific ordeal in her own words. with get more about the memoir.

    >>> jaycee dugard is now living in northern california with her mother and half sister . in her new book, jaycee said she's healing from the years of abuse she endured from the garridos. four weeks ago, with the sentencing of phillip and nancy garrido , jaycee dugard closed a da chapter in her life.

    >> i think it's fair to say a nightmare has come to an end.

    >> reporter: behd her now, the terror that began when she was 11, kidnapped by the garridos, and forced to live in a maze of rickty she and tents in the back yard of their california home. in her new book, jaycee chronicled the horror she experienced, beginning with her first night icaptivity. experts say writing about her past will help jaycee heal.

    >> she gets to put an end to the very dark passage. there are no secrets.

    >> she sparps no details -- she endures years of sexual abuse by garrido who fathered two daughters with jaycee . at first, garrido handcuffed jaycee to keep her from escaping. later he used other measures. but in august of 2009 , everything changed. phillip and nancy were questioned by police and jaycee , afraid to even utter her real name, wrote it down for a policewoman. it was like breaking an evil spell. i looked at her and said, i can see my mom? she said, yes. that was her moment of freedom. while others have reported her ordeal since then, it's jaycee turn to tell her story in her own words. david?

    >> thank you very much.

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updated 7/7/2011 9:38:15 AM ET 2011-07-07T13:38:15

Jaycee Dugard endured an abduction and 18 years of sexual slavery at the hands of Phillip and Nancy Garrido.

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Now, the 31-year-old Californian has written a memoir, “A Stolen Life,” detailing her ordeal.

In the book, set for release July 12, Dugard vividly describes the years of sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of Garrido since being kidnapped at age 11 at a school bus stop on June 10, 1991 — and the moment, three years later, that she first realized he had impregnated her.

“Easter Sunday 1994,” she writes. “Phillip says there is something he needs to talk to me about. He and Nancy have noticed that I’d been putting on weight and waddling instead of walking. I said I know.

“They said, ‘We think you may be pregnant. I was stunned and scared…how can I possibly raise a baby in this place?”

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That baby was the first of two children, now ages 16 and 13, she had by him.

While kept concealed behind the Garrido’s home in Antioch, Cal., Dugard recalls first being physically restrained to keep her from running to freedom. The emotional restraints came next.

“Phillip gave me this image of the world as a scary place made up of pedophiles and rapists…one of the reasons I stayed was I wanted my kids to be safe,” she writes.

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Jaycee Dugard's new memoir is excerpted in People magazine.

The book, highlighted on TODAY Thursday and excerpted in next week’s issue of People magazine, hits stores a month after Dugard’s captors faced their crimes in court; Phillip Garrido was sentenced to 413 years in prison and his wife was sentenced to 35 years to life.

Dugard recalls her first night as a captive, when Phillip Garrido forced the young girl to shower with him.

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“My silent tears became giant sobs….the man looks like he doesn’t know how to respond; he tells me to calm down, that he is not going to do anything more to me today,” Dugard writes. “The man takes me in his arms and offers comfort. I do not want comfort from this awful man.”

She adds: “He brought in a bucket for me to use as a toilet. I would ask him every day when he was going to let me go home.”

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On August 29, 2009, police nabbed the Garridos, finally freeing her from a living nightmare. Questioned by a policewoman, Jaycee reveals, she was frightened to even utter her real name, instead writing it down.

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“It was like breaking an evil spell,” Dugard writes. “I looked at her and said, ‘I can see my mom?’ She said, ‘Yes!’"

Dugard issued a public statement at the Garridos’ sentencing, saying, “You stole my life. Thankfully I am doing well now and no longer live in a nightmare. I have wonderful friends and family around me. Something you can never take from me again. You do not matter anymore.” Now, with the release of her book, experts say, the young woman is coming to terms with her ordeal.

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“She gets to put an end to this very dark passage,” Dr. Astrid Heppenstall Heger, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at USC and Executive Director of the Violence Intervention Program at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, told TODAY. “There are no secrets. It’s all out on the table.”

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Photos: Captive’s tale

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  1. After being held against her will for 18 years, Jaycee Dugard told 'People' magazine that she's "so happy to be back with my family." In addition to the interview, the magazine featured on Oct. 14 the first photo of Dugard as a 29-year-old. She now lives in seclusion with her mom, Terry Probyn, 50, and the two daughters – Angel, 15, and Starlit, 11 – fathered by her alleged kidnapper, Phillip Garrido. (People) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. In this 1991 photo, an El Dorado County sheriff's deputy holds a photograph of Jaycee Lee Dugard, shortly after her kidnapping, in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Authorities say Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy Garrido confessed to snatching Dugard from a South Lake Tahoe bus stop in 1991; both were arrested. Dugard was reunited with her mother, sister and another relative on Aug. 27. (Ivor Markman / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. In this June 10, 1991, photo, Terry Probyn, mother of Jaycee Dugard, fights back tears before cutting a cake on Jaycee Lee's birthday just a few days after Jaycee was kidnapped in front of her stepfather, Carl Probyn, near their home in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. (Ivor Markman / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. In this 1991 photo, FBI agents speak to passing motorists while investigating the kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. (Ivor Markman / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. These undated handout photos show Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped in 1991 at the age of 11 from near her home in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. On Aug. 28, her stepfather described her as a "mellow" kid. (Child Quest via Reuters, AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Nancy Garrido, second from left, and her husband Phillip, far right, are with their court-appointed attorneys, Gilbert Maines, left, and Susan Gellman, right, during their Aug. 28 arraignment on 29 felony counts stemming from the 1991 abduction of Jaycee Dugard, in the El Dorado Superior Court in Placerville, Calif. The couple pleaded not guilty to charges including forcible abduction, rape, sexual assault and false imprisonment. (Rich Pedroncelli / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Mugshot photos of Phillip and Nancy Garrido, who were arrested Aug. 27 in the case of Jaycee Lee Dugard. Phillip Garrido is a registered sex offender who has served prison time for kidnapping and rape. (Dorado County Sheriff's Office via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Makeshift tents and other structures fill the backyard where authorities say kidnap victim Jaycee Lee Dugard spent 18 years in Antioch, Calif. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. An FBI agent carries a bag of evidence from the Garrido home in Antioch, Calif., on Aug. 27. (Paul Sakuma / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. An FBI agent inspects the car that was reportedly used in the kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard as it is being impounded from the home of Phillip Garrido and his wife, Nancy Garrido, in Antioch, Calif. (Monica M. Davey / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Jaycee Dugard was waiting for a school bus on June 10, 1991, on this road in South Lake Tahoe when she was abducted by a couple driving a gray sedan. (David B. Parker / Reno Gazette-Journal via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Carl Probyn, 60, stepfather of Jaycee Dugard, holds a photo of his stepdaughter at his home in Orange, Calif. (Nick Ut / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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