The chilling story of Jaycee Lee Dugard, the girl who was kidnapped at age 11 and held by the kidnapper in his backyard for 18 years, raises many questions about both the police force and the relevant authorities who failed to investigate what was happening in the backyard of Phillip Garrido—a registered sex offender. I sincerely hope that this tragic episode and the questions it raises leads to increased awareness and vigilance in order to safeguard the public against such predators.

But perhaps the biggest question it raises is about Jaycee herself: Why didn't she run away?

Eighteen years is a long time, and during that time it would appear that Jaycee had many opportunities to escape or at least appeal for help from the outside world. Why didn't she?

Although Garrido's actions appear to be those of a monster, Dugard developed a "special bond" with her abductor and abuser. According to her stepfather, Dugard feels that her relationship with Garrido is "almost like a marriage."

Experts say that this is not so surprising. One kidnapping expert quoted by CBS News, Dr. Frank Ochberg – who coined the term "Stockholm Syndrome" in the '70s to explain why adult kidnapping and hostage victims oftentimes begin to bond and identify with their captors – says the situation is different when it comes to child abductions. He suggests the analogy of a slave-master relationship.

"Somebody at a tender age ends up being raised in captivity by a person who gradually transforms this person into a slave," he said. "There are cultures in which this happens, in which women are given to men at a young age."

He was spot on: To be a slave is one problem. To have a slave mentality is a much bigger problem. The person loses hope.

An ancient, well-known Jewish proverb has it that "harder than taking the Jews out of exile is taking the exile out of the Jews."

Over the generations, starting in the exile in Egypt and continuing into the current exile, we developed a slave mentality. We lost hope. We got used to our current reality; we even like it. We've developed a "special bond" with the status quo. It's hard for us to believe that things could be different—that a day will yet come when we will all live in harmony; when the news will not open each day with reports of violence, crime, and hatred; when "nation shall not lift the sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore" (Isaiah 2:4).

But it can be different.

Jaycee waited 18 years. We have been waiting for more than 1,800 years. May the Creator of the world bring the true and complete Redemption—immediately.