Dim hope was all a little girl had. She was kidnapped from near her family home at the age of eleven. Jaycee Dugard is now a woman with children of her own and she is a model on how to survive and overcome the unimaginable. She is also a model for how authorities continue to fail children on this continent.
When a pedophile is allowed to go free for molesting, raping and kidnapping on previous occasions, a serious crime is already committed. The crime is unforgivable. Justice has been lost across Canada and the US.
How can a known pedophile kidnap and hold a child on his property for so long without detection that she goes unnoticed for eighteen years? The failures of the California authorities have been colossal. In my opinion, there is no crime more horrific than the abuse of children. There is no crime more worthy of the saying “throw away the key” for the sick scum who slither under the radar to commit the unspeakable. These pedophiles need to be locked up forever. I have other thoughts on what their future should hold, but those I will not write down.
Children are our future, our legacy and our shining light. They should be our hope and we should give them lots of that. When we fail children, we fail as a society.
Jaycee Dugard deserved more than what she got. She could have been found and taken home within weeks of her kidnap, but the parole officers assigned to Garrido were uncaring and pathetic. Garrido should have rotted in jail the first time he was convicted. Instead he was released early by a prison system without just cause for reasons they don’t care to embellish upon.
It is funny how these people who failed Dugard are suddenly mute. Oh no wait…they have been numb all along. These same people who failed Dugard, still won’t apologize or take accountability for their apathy. They are failures in their jobs and failures for the children. I wonder how they sleep at night knowing that they failed a little girl who needed them?
I wonder how our justice system got so screwed up that people think it is okay to do one of the most important jobs there is with your eyes closed. Why is it always as a result of tragedy that change comes?
Jaycee Dugard is a hero. We need mother’s like Jaycee’s mom who loved her daughter enough to sustain her for eighteen years of absence. I wish for better than what Jaycee got and I wish her everything good for her future. Jaycee’s dim hope that she would one day see her mother again speaks volumes as to what we all could do better as parents, caregivers, parole officers, neighbours and humans. We cannot continue to reach for nothing and expect everything.