Nightly News   |  May 07, 2013

Jaycee Dugard to receive Hope Award

Dugard, who was abused during her 18-year abduction, was reunited with her family in 2009. She will be recognized Tuesday at the 11th annual Hope Awards gala sponsored by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> in something of a notable coincidence, one of this nation's most famous kidnapping survivors, jaycee dugard, happens to be receiving an award in washington tonight from the national center for missing and exploited children for her efforts to help families who have had loved ones go missing. dugard released a statement today about the young women found in cleveland. she said, quote, these individuals need the opportunity to heal and connect back into the world. this isn't who they are. it's only what happened to them. the human spirit is incredibly resilient. more than ever this reaffirms we should never give up hope. jaycee dugard was abducted at the age of 11 at a california bus stop back in 1991 , held captive for 18 years before she was freed.