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by Elizabeth Chuck
They did the titles for the darkest reasons, then again for the most unlikely: to escape, months or years after being kidnapped. [1
But he should not expect it to be the same life he had before his ordeal, according to some who have been in similar situations.
Elizabeth Smart, the woman from Utah who was detained for nine months when she was 14, told NBC News that she was "so excited" to know that Jayme had been found.
Taken at Knifepoint from her Salt Lake City bedroom in 2002, Smart said that during her imprisonment, she felt that "life had been stolen from me, all dreams and asp stolen. "
" When I was saved, I suddenly felt all that was returned, and I did not want to miss anything, and I hope and pray that Jayme feels the same way, "said Smart, now 31.
For Michelle Knight, 37, who was one of three women chained in a Cleveland home for years by rapist Ariel Castro – Knight was detained for 11 years – Jayme's escape brought memories of her first day of captivity .
"I know exactly how he felt out of the situation," he told NBC Knight, released in 2013 and has since changed his name legally to Lily Rose Lee News. "You're scared, you do not know what to do, so you want to be closed a little."
"When I left home, I did not know how to trust, what I was saying, how to say it, I was like this little girl who is learning to ride again by bicycle."
Knight said that he experienced a series of emotions when he came out: sadness, fear, shame and wondering if you would ever trust someone again
"When I first came out, I did not know how to trust, what to say, how to say it, I was like this little girl who learns to ride again", he said.
The authorities had been looking for Jayme, 13, since October 15, when her parents were found shot dead in their home in Barron, Wisconsin. The police believed that Jayme had witnessed the killings, but vanished when the police arrived home.
Thursday afternoon, Jayme, who looked malnourished and with disheveled hair, emerged from a wooded area in the small town of Gordon, Wisconsin, and approached a woman who had just accompanied her dog. The woman recognized her and took her to a neighbor's house, screaming "This is Jayme Closs! Call 911!"
Smart, who has become an explicit defender of the abduction since she was found, acknowledged that Jayme is returning to the circumstances "Tinges with much sadness" with the death of her parents and said she hoped the boy would find support elsewhere, even by other relatives and friends.
"It's so wonderful that her aunt and her grandmother are so excited to be with her, and I hope she finds her support," Smart said.
Such support will be crucial when Jayme gets used to life after her escape, Smart added.
"Once I was saved and I came home with my family, I thought I could go back and go back where I left off, and it took me a long time to realize that it was not possible."
said that while she can not speculate on all that Jayme has gone through and what she is feeling, "I think it will be safe and say that there will be no return to what her life was like before she was kidnapped."
"Honestly, this It was one of the hardest things for me because once I was saved and I came home with my family, I thought I could go back and get back to where I left off, and it took me a long time to realize that it was not possible, "said Smart.
"You can not go back, we're just moving forward and coming to terms with your new normal," added Smart. "Before being kidnapped, I was very quiet, I was happy to confuse myself with everyone else, so as not to be noticed, and all of a sudden, I came home, and everyone knew my name and wanted to talk to me, and it was really overwhelming. "
Knight recalled feeling the same way in the days and weeks when he escaped from Castro. He said that if he could pass counsel to Jayme, it would be necessary to take time to heal and be assured that he would be able to elaborate the difficult emotions that follow that experience.
"I overcame fears, I overcame the things that trigger me," he said. "It took me time to realize that it's not the thing, it's a person who did you these things. the song is the person who hurt you playing that song while they were doing something horrible for you "
Jayme was evaluated in a hospital after being found and has since been released. The authorities on Friday announced they had arrested Jake Patterson, 21, of Gordon, Wisconsin, in connection with the killing of Jayme's parents, James and Denise Closs, and his abduction. It was not clear if he had any previous connection with the family.
The two women have urged the media and welcome to grant Jayme and her relatives privacy as they reconnect with each other, and Smart said she hoped Jayme's story would serve as a reminder to the public.
"Never give up hope on any missing child, because we go back," said Smart. "So when the pictures of the missing children open up on your social media or they come in the newspaper or flash on the screen in the news, or you see a sign on the highway that details, do not just think," Well, it's not going from me who sees them. "
" Look at the picture, "he added." And if you see something suspicious and see something that could shed light on a specific case, call it. There is no shame in the error, because you could be right. "