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June 20, 2019

Kidnapping victim Jayme Closs likely will struggle to find a ‘new sense of normalcy,’ Elizabeth Smart says

January 14, 2019
Jayme Closs with her aunt Jennifer Smith on Friday. (Jennifer Smith/AP)

Kidnapping victim Jayme Closs will likely struggle to find a “new sense of normalcy in her life,” according to Elizabeth Smart, who was also abducted when she was a child.

Jayme, 13, miraculously escaped on Thursday after being held for three months. Her parents were found dead in their Wisconsin home on the day she disappeared.

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Smart, who was raped and tortured for nine months after she was taken from her Utah home when she was 14, told The Associated Press that Jayme will have to realize that there “is no going back to the way things were.”

“Probably one of the more difficult issues is going to be finding that new sense of normalcy in her life,” said Smart, now a 31-year-old mother of three. “Not recreating the old but (creating) the new and learning to be OK with that.”

Smart said she would tell Jayme that “she is a survivor and she is a hero. She’s incredibly strong and incredibly brave and there’s so many people who love her and are in awe of her and who want to help her and support her in any way.”

Katie Beers, who was 10 when she was taken from her Long Island home and held for two weeks, told The AP that Jayme 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) hell she went through.”

“And it’s not going to be easy,” Beers said.

Beers was rescued from an underground concrete bunker exactly 26 years ago on Sunday after being held by a family friend. She lives in Pennsylvania and has two children.

“One of the things that helped me recover so quickly is that nobody forced me to talk about what happened,” she said. “I didn’t even do interviews until I was 30. I didn’t have to relive it every day.”

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