Her case is rare, but not unprecedented. Other women who have endured similar ordeals suggest that she must do her best to look forward.
For the first time in 18 years, Jaycee Lee Dugard now has the opportunity to decide what she would like to do with her own life.
And it is this thought, perhaps more than any other, that will help her move beyond the scenes of her captivity, say some of the few women who have gone through similar ordeals.
"I would just encourage her to find different passions in life and continually push forward and learn more and reach more for them, and not to look behind," Elizabeth Smart, who was abducted in 2002 at age 14 and held for nine months, said on CNN's "AC360."
Ms. Dugard was discovered this week 18 years after being abducted from South Lake Tahoe, as an 11-year-old. During that time, Dugard was kept in the secret backyard compound of Phillip Garrido of Antioch, Calif and had two children with Mr. Garrido, according to police. Mr. Garrido has pleaded not guilty to 28 charges of abducting and sexually abusing her.