Victim of 2002 kidnapping pleads for public to leave Hannah Anderson alone
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Now that Hannah Anderson is safe at home with her father, a victim of a similar crime is asking the public to let Hannah heal.
Earlier this year, Alicia Kozakiewicz came to Idaho to help pin down funding for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Today, she’s focused on Hannah, and she talked with On Your Side Reporter Mike Sharp about what Hannah might be going through, and how the public can help her.
Alicia was kidnapped and held captive for four days in 2002 before she was rescued and returned home by police. In a Skype interview today, she says the best thing for Hannah is a chance to be left alone to cope.
"We don't have to know what happened to her over that week,” she says. “We don't have to know the details. In this case, it's wonderful, because it's never going to have to go to trial. She's never going to have to confront that man. She's never going to have to deal with that splashed all over the papers. She has the opportunity to move past this, as long as the media doesn't help to cover her in it."
Kozakiewicz says the most important piece of Hannah's recovery will be her father. She says without a mother to turn to and without her little brother (both of whom were killed in a fire police believe was started by Hannah’s captor) Hannah's father Brett will be key to helping her move forward.
Alicia says the next steps will include years of counseling and relying on those who love her to help her accept what happened, cope with it and try to move on.