Crime Feed’s Alicia Kozakiewicz fills you in on all the information you need to know about missing New Hampshire teen Abigail Hernandez.
Alicia Kozakiewicz, is a Discovery ID contributor, as well as a survivor of abduction and child sexual exploitation. She is an international advocate for preventative safety education and effective legislation and has devoted her life to raising awareness of missing persons cases and protecting children against predatory crime.
In the “Human Factor,” Dr. Sanjay Gupta profiles survivors who have overcome the odds. Confronting a life obstacle — injury, illness or other hardship — they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn’t know they possessed. This week we introduce you to Alicia Kozakiewicz. Eleven years ago at age 13, Kozakiewicz was kidnapped and sexually assaulted by a 38-year-old man who kept her as his sex slave in his homemade dungeon. Soon after surviving this nightmare, the young woman began to talk about her ordeal and to be a voice for other children being held captive.
Alicia Kozakiewicz shares her thoughts on the Cleveland recovery and a message to the rescued women in a Special to CNN.
MSNBC’s Alex Witt talks to abduction survivor, Alicia Kozakiewicz. Alicia offers her insights on the psychology of abduction and coping with such a traumatic experience. She comments on the Ohio kidnappings and her long road to recovery.
After a decade of torture, torment and terror for three captive women and one of their young daughters, they’re finally free, but they’re facing the glare of constant media attention. “omg! Insider” spoke to kidnap survivor Alicia Kozakiewicz, who was rescued by the FBI in 2002. Now, Alicia is devoted to helping other victims by working as a contributor to “Investigation Discovery,” which caught the attention of “NCIS” actress Pauley Perrette. The two have now teamed up for an upcoming episode of “America’s Most Wanted.”
Coping after surviving an abduction: ‘Alicia Project’ founder Alicia Kozakiewicz on the importance of returning to ‘normal’
The hostage standoff in Alabama came to an end yesterday when FBI officials say negotiations broke down with 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, the abductor of a five-year-old boy taken off a school bus last Tuesday. Dykes is now dead. The FBI rescued that five-year-old hostage named “Ethan” from an underground bunker in Midland City, Alabama. Ethan returns home just in time to celebrate his sixth birthday tomorrow.
Alicia Kozakiewicz is someone who has some insight into what that little boy suffered. She survived a terrifying abduction when she was 13-years-old. Now 24-years-old, she runs “The Alicia Project,” an advocacy group. Alicia comes to “Starting Point” to share her experience and explain how Ethan’s parents and the community should approach him now that he has been rescued.
Alicia says she couldn’t believe she was being rescued when the FBI had come for her, but thought that they were others coming to hurt her.
“I didn’t notice and I didn’t realize that I was being rescued until one of them actually turned around and I saw FBI on the back of their jackets,” Alicia says. “And I still questioned, is this real? Am I actually being rescued? Is this just a dream? And it took really until I was home with my parents to feel that.”
Alicia shares how Ethan’s family can similarly help him heal and adjust back to life. She says the key is to keep things normal.
“That’s what we have to do for this little boy. Keep certain things as normal as possible,” she says. “Things like just basic routines that he had done before..his favorite games, his favorite movies, his favorite food…just try to keep an anchor in the before. And really not equate this with this happening to him. This happened to him, it is not who he is.”
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THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW website outline’s Alicia’s story. Alicia featured on the Oprah show: “Lured at 13: Held Captive As a Sex Slave“.