embarrassment or a disinclination to engage in some areas of conflict which the abduction raises in their minds.58 One parent described the way her child seems to “shut it all away” and how not even all the child’s friends know about the abduction because “it is just too big for most people”.
Greif identified that these children remain an “at risk” population for emotional and possible physical problems as they enter late adolescence and young adulthood.59 Some support for this statement may be found in the reports of the adults abducted as children who took part in this project. One of the adults abducted as a child says that the abduction, and the feelings of unworthiness it created in her, made her “incredibly lonely as a
led to incidents of describes how, even
self-harming and drug when she was taken to
hospital by ambulance, she refused to was making her feel the way that she
talk to anyone about what did. As an adult, she has
had drink of herself
problems, has had to take anti-depressants and thinks as a depressed person. She still uses drugs and says
that she would need to smoke
like to stop because pot every night after
“it doesn’t seem right to work”(original emphasis).
She explains that she has a attributes to the abduction.
problem trusting people, She gets very angry and
which she feels very
times she that these
wants him feelings of
to go away and leave her alone. She says insecurity come from the abduction and the
can just be picked up and moved on at any there is no point in trying to settle because “it
about 20 years after the abduction. He says that he time fighting back” and that for many years understand himself.
See Greif, “Parental Report” at 69.
“Parental Report” at 70.