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May 7th, 2013
07:32 PM ET

Moving on from a kidnapping

For the families of the three young women who spent a decade in captivity, it's a blessing to have them back.

"She always believed Gina was alive and well. She always believed that. I, you know, just want to say what a phenomenal Mother's Day gift she gets this Mother's Day."

For the victims, now they can begin to live again.

They can "enjoy their families, enjoy their new found freedom, and be open to support from experts as they're guided on their journey to healing," said John Ryan, CEO of the national center for missing and exploited children, says each year there are roughly 800,000 new kidnappings, and more are in long-term confinement than people realize.

"There's no formula, there's no textbook on this. That book is being written as these cases evolve. And again, it would be different for each individual. The good and positive news is, they do get acclimated. They do move on," said Ryan.

Amanda Berry's new life includes introducing to her friends and family the 6-year-old girl who is believed to be her daughter, born while she was missing.

Like Jaycee Dugard, who was rescued in 2009 along with two daughters she had during the 18 years she was being held.

"I hate that he took her life away," Dugard's mother told ABC. "He stole your childhood, he stole your adolescence. He stole high school, prom, and pictures, memories."

"But he didn't get all of me," said Jaycee Dugard.

Other former victims have spoken out and started foundations to sympathize and help.

Like Elizabeth Smart, who was taken by a religious fundamentalist, but is now married and advocates for children's safety education.

"Not all of them end sad. I'm here. I'm a happy ending, and I know there are many children out there waiting for a happy ending to happen to them," Smart said.

Survivor Shawn Hornbeck also started a foundation that raises awareness for abducted children.

"When I was 11 years old, I was riding a bike near my home when I was kidnapped by a stranger. I was held captive for four and a half years. If you see something, say something," said Hornbeck in a public safety ad.

Dugard gave a message of support of the three newly rescued women.

"These individuals need the opportunity to heal and connect back into the world. This isn't who they are. It is only what happened to them," said Dugard in a statement. "The human spirit is incredibly resilient. More than ever this reaffirms we should never give up hope."

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