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A kidnapping survivor works to prevent future abductions

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by Colby Robertson

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- It's been almost 15 years since Jessyca Mullenberg was abducted from Eau Claire. She was 13-years-old then and was mentally, physically, and sexually abused in a Texas hotel room for over 3 and a half months.

It was a neighbor who abducted and abused Mullenberg all those years ago. She's gone through 10 jaw surgery's to fix some of the physical damage, but she'll struggle for life with the mental damage.

Now, all these years later, she's still sharing her story, hoping to prevent others from falling victim. Jessyca Mullenberg gives speeches like this one all across the country, sharing every detail of her kidnapping, with the public.

"I was tied down to the seat. My arms were behind my back. I was terrified. I didn't know what was going on. He told me I wasn't going home and my name was to be Cindy Johnson, his name was Dave Johnson and he was my father. He'd tell me I was fat, dumb, ugly, unworthy over and over. I became brainwashed."

It's these details that she relives everyday, in hopes that her story will help other families with missing children.

Mullenberg says, "I represent hope to a lot of parents, to a lot of people because I did beat the odds. Because there aren't too many of us that have returned home safely."

That's why she has teamed up with SafeAssured ID to help prevent future kidnappings.

Ken Hofmaster, President of SafeAssured ID says, "Jessica, by telling her story will help families, raise awareness of the issue and their need to be prepared, but also help them realize it can happen. Better to be safe than sorry"

SafeAssured ID offers parents the crucial information they need should their child ever go missing. The child is fingerprinted, photographed and voice recorded and it's all stored on a disk ready for law-enforcement use.

It's information that could have helped police find Jessyca sooner.

This past may Jessyca received the "Courage Award" from the National Center of Missing & Exploited Children.

She's also in the process of writing a book about her experience.

As for the man who abducted Jessyca.. he's serving 40 years in prison without parole.

Online Reporter: Colby Robertson

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