Many years have gone by since Alicia Kizakiewicz was kidnapped at the age of 13, and despite the fact that she never meant it to happen, she hopes that by talking about her experience, other young people may be inspired to remain safe with meeting new people online.
It has been 24 years since the incident, which led to the creation of a new law in the US that bears her name. All in the name of helping young people understand the dangers to which they expose themselves to when talking to strangers on the internet.
Kizakiewicz speaks of what she went through that long-gone Christmas, when she thought she would meet the “boy” she spent hours talking with through her computer, telling him of her troubles and most private secrets.
“He would listen to me day and night, as well as give me advice. he was both someone i could complain to about everything i hated, as well as someone who could make me feel good during those 8 months before i kidnapping.”
Then, on New Year’s, the mysterious internet stranger asked Alicia out to celebrate the New Year together, and since they were already friends, she did not hesitate to accept his invitation.
Little did she imagine that it would be the start of a terrible ordeal.
“Be good, stay quiet,” Alicia says were the words that the man, who kept her captive in his basement, told her.
After four entire days of suffering, when all hope seemed lost, the FBI found her naked, weak and almost unconscious.
Hoping to make the best of her experience, Alicia now offers talks to children and teenagers about the dangers they can find online, and how we can stay safe while browsing the web.
Alicia’s kidnapper, Scott Tyree, was captured and later pledged guilty to the charge of moving a minor across state lines with the intent of sexually abusing her. He was sentenced to 19 years and 7 months of prison time.