Alex Witt   |  May 12, 2013

Abduction survivor offers insights on recovery

MSNBC’s Alex Witt talks to abduction survivor, Alicia Kozakiewicz. Alicia offers her insights on the psychology of abduction and coping with such a traumatic experience. She comments on the Ohio kidnappings and her long road to recovery. 

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>>> spokesperson for the three women who authorities say were rescued from the cleveland how of indescribable horror say they're happy, healthy and safe. a statement was red allowed just a couple hours ago.

>> they have asked in fact, have pleaded for privacy at this time, so they can continue to heal and reconnect with their families and their lives. you all care greatly about their well-being, so please respect this basic request.

>> they are kidnapped by ariel castro. dna tests revealed that castro fathered a 6-year-old child with berry. he's being held on 8 million bail. my next guest is a young woman who not only survived the terror and trauma of an abduction, but is using her experience to help others. 11 years old, and lishia fell victim to a man he met in an online chat room. for four days, he held her hostage in a virginia townhouse where he tortured and sexually assaulted her, where all she could do is pray to be rescued. fortunately she was rescued. today as fourer of the project, she crusades for internet and child safety , but helps train agents about absuction dural vival. alicia joins me live from atlanta. a big welcome to you. thank you for being here.

>> good morning, alex. thank you. so when you see and read about these cases, it's unimaginable for most of us, but what goes through your mind? when you news broke, you could see their faces completely light up with hope, and i thought, this could be my child. they got a new sense of hope.

>> which is a once thing to have in the darkness they must all be living under. as you read about these cases, whether it's your own, or these young women in cleveland , do you find there is a common thread in terms of what made you and these other young women vulnerable?

>> that's a difficult question. we're all different people. for me it was the internet. it was a very new science, especially with it being in the home, but there's really no answer. it's very sad and just awful when something hurts a child.

>> it has said that you can't recall most of the horrors you endured. is that always the case? do you expect it to be the case for these young women in cleveland ?

>> maybe. i repressed mine. i thought about going to therapy and trying to have but then my mind is protecting me and i don't want that to happen. it could be possible. it was put out by the justice department called "you're not alone." what have you learned? and do you think speaking out about this trauma has helped a lot of orders?

>> that book is amazing. it's so many different stories, and we're all such different people. what helped us to cope, many of those things are similar. there was really a camaraderie that we all survived very different circumstances.

>> for me speaking out has been extremely cathartic. really whoever will listen. and turn it into something positive. that may save another child, so they don't have to go through what i did or my family did, or to support them if it happened.

>> you credit having a very loving and supportive family with helping in your recovery. i know you're familiar with michelle knight. what do you thinks these young women , mish night and the others need now.

>> to surround themselves with young ones , maybe not for michelle night, and that's okay. when she's ready, she may contact them. that's up to her.

>> to surround themselves with people who won't ask a million questions and will allow them to feel pain. that's okay. they will suffer, and that's okay, because they have been hurt, showing a moment of weakness does not mean they are weak. it's so important for people around them, and everyone will want to ask what happened? what happened? what happened? they don't ever have to share that.

>> i appreciate you sharing with us, and i think you are a tremendous source of inspiration, so thank for your