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May 7th, 2013
11:20 PM ET

Jaycee Dugard: "I want to say what an amazing time to be talking about hope"

In a bit of timing that could only be deemed ironic, Tuesday evening saw Jaycee Dugard honored in Washington D.C. as part of a ceremony coming one day after three previously missing women were discovered in Cleveland, Ohio.

Herself abducted and rescued, Dugard was appearing at an event hosted by former "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh, and Piers Morgan shared the moment live as it happened:

"It's the annual Hope Awards of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Washington," explained the "Piers Morgan Live" host. "This could be very interesting."

Taking the stage to accept her award, the significance of the day was not lost on the woman who had remained missing for more than 18 years:

"I want to say what an amazing time to be talking about hope, with everything that's happening," she said, making a direct reference to the story coming out of Cleveland. "I feel like I have come full circle and we are all finally together celebrating the wonderful hope that you at NCMEC [National Center for Missing & Exploited Children] keep alive every day."

Back in studio, Morgan echoed the sentiment:

"Never has there been a more poignant day really for her to be doing that, given the discovery of three other young women who had been through exactly what she had been through."

Watch the clip in full to hear Dugard's entire speech from Washington, D.C.
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  1. Calvin Fischoeder

    "In a bit of timing that could only be deemed ironic..."

    "Coincidental" is the word.

    May 8, 2013 at 12:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      Evening from Edinburgh,Calvin.

      Bit strange it says 5 comments,and yours only,and mine second,and I've had quite a few posts I really wanted up not
      getting past the filter(no sweary words)so maybe things a bit wonky[technical term]right now!

      May 8, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Here Be Dragons

        It's horrendous some of the details emerging now,and it also reminds you we're just gonna have to grind through it 'cos
        you can't turn the other cheek,they're just like us.The latest being there's no doubt they were punched deliberately to induce
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        Twitter a few weeks ago.Indelible.

        May 8, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rosebud

      Yes, a remarkable coincidence. But I don't see the irony either.

      May 8, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Highland Laddie

        You two hair-splitters are right,I guess:'irony' may be an EFFECT,but it's not the opportune word(poet,y'know!).

        Got tae watch yon English...

        (seems like you do!Do YOU hate him?Half the people on here do...)

        May 8, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. max

    mosty kids don't get a lot of money to live away from the real world after some thing like this happens, it not been that long for her and she spend many years under this nightmare. so life is wonderful free. But I just hope she can make it her whole life. But we want to make it where see she when throught hell and she find. If we do this we make it like see no big deal its a real big deal and the men that do this should get death.

    May 9, 2013 at 1:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. shepherdgregory

    Just the one charged though,Max,hopefully that can change though not sure how that works in Ohio.

    Should be all three.

    May 9, 2013 at 11:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. blueg

    That sentence should read: "In a bit of timing that could only be deemed ironic by people who don't entirely grasp the meaning of irony"

    May 11, 2013 at 3:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
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