'It's never going to be easy': Former kidnapping victims explain what the long healing process will be like for 13-year-old Jayme Closs

Business Insider | 1/14/2013 | Associated Press
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Jayme Closs, 13, has been found alive in rural Wisconsin nearly three months after a man allegedly murdered her parents and kidnapped her.

Former kidnapping victims Elizabeth Smart and Katie Beers said Jayme has a long, challenging healing process ahead of her.

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They said the best way for people to handle Jayme is to give her time and space to discuss her trauma on her own terms.

CHICAGO (AP) — Katie Beers' joy quickly turned to deep concern when she learned 13-year-old Jayme Closs had been found alive in rural Wisconsin nearly three months after police say a man shot and killed her parents then abducted the girl from their home.

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"She is going to have to grieve the loss of her parents and also come to terms with the fact she was abducted, escaped and whatever (other) **** she went through," said Beers. "And it's not going to be easy."

Beers knows that better than most.

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Sunday will mark 26 years since a then-10-year-old Beers was rescued from an underground concrete bunker in Bay Shore, New York, where she had been held captive for more than two weeks by a family friend who had lured her to his home with the promise of birthday presents.

As Jayme begins to process her trauma, experts and former victims say what she needs most is space and time to discuss it on her own terms. And with the help of a supportive and understanding family, she likely will be able to recover and live a happy life.

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"One of the things that helped me recover so quickly is that nobody forced me to talk about what happened," said Beers, 36, who is married and has two children. "I didn't even do interviews until I was 30. I didn't have to relive it every day."

Authorities said Jayme was skinny, disheveled and...
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