Woman who spent a decade held captive shares the warning indicators she thinks teenagers have to know | EUROtoday

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After spending a decade held captive by her center faculty’s safety guard after he showered her with items and guarantees of a greater life, Tanya Kach shares her personal horrifying story now particularly for one cause: to warn others.

“I want this new generation to see all the warning signs of grooming and mental control and brainwashing,” she advised The Independent.

Kach was simply 14 years outdated when Thomas Hose kidnapped her in 1996 and stored her within the second-floor bed room of his home for 10 years, the place he sexually abused her.

The now 42-year-old advised The Independent in an interview that she believes if social media and “websleuths” had existed again then, her ordeal could be “a totally different story.”

“But grooming hasn’t changed. Stockholm syndrome, brainwashing, mind control – that hasn’t changed,” she stated.

Tanya Kach vanished at age 14 from McKeesport, Pa in 1996
Tanya Kach vanished at age 14 from McKeesport, Pa in 1996 (McKeesport Police handout)

Kach stated her captor displayed all of the warning indicators of grooming, which she described as being tremendous good to her at college, showering her with jewellery, cash for cigarettes and exhibiting favoritism to her by permitting her slide when she tried to skip class.

When Hose realized of Kach’s unstable house life after her dad and mom’ divorce, her ideas about desirous to run away and so after gaining her belief, he preyed on her vulnerabilities and satisfied her to maneuver in with him – with the promise of a greater life.

“We’re in a different era, but that stuff hasn’t changed on how they groom you and how they lure you in. And mentally have that hold on you,” Kach stated.

In 2007, Hose pleaded responsible to statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual activity, indecent assault and endangering the welfare of youngsters, corruption of a minor, interference with custody of youngsters and aggravated indecent assault, based on The Associated Press.

After serving 15 years in jail, Hose was launched in 2022, based on WTAE. He is registered as a intercourse offender beneath Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law.

Thomas Hose served 15 years in prison for sexual assault in the kidnapping of Tanya Kach in 1996
Thomas Hose served 15 years in jail for sexual assault within the kidnapping of Tanya Kach in 1996 ( PA Megan’s Law)

Now, practically 20 years after escaping her nightmare, Kach has teamed up with Elizabeth Smart, one other kidnapping survivor, to share her story in a brand new Lifetime film, The Girl Locked Upstairs: The Tanya Kach Storyan expertise she described as “life changing”.

“I’ve at all times needed to fulfill (Smart), realizing that we each went by way of one thing comparable,” she told TODAY.com. “I’ve always looked up to her.”

“I’ve gotten a lot of messages from moms saying they’re going to watch it with their teenage daughters, which I think is fabulous,” she told TODAY.com.

She said she also hopes her story helps women who may be in the midst of an abusive relationship.

The Girl Locked Upstairs: The Tanya Kach Story, starring Robert Baker (Supergirl) and Jordyn Ashley Olson
The Girl Locked Upstairs: The Tanya Kach Story, starring Robert Baker (Supergirl) and Jordyn Ashley Olson (A+E Networks)

“I want them to walk away from the film saying, ‘I have hope. I can get through this, and I can get out of this.’”

Kach additionally knew the movie supplied an opportunity to show youngsters, younger girls and fogeys concerning the warning indicators of a doubtlessly abusive or coercive relationship.

“This is a new generation that needs to learn about grooming and brainwashing because I’ve been free now for 18 years – it’s a different time now.”

The Girl Locked Upstairs: The Tanya Kach Story is now obtainable on Lifetime.