Hannah Anderson has shown incredible decorum when responding publicly to questions about her abduction last summer, as well as about the deaths of her mother and little brother, allegedly at the hands of her captor, long-time family friend James DiMaggio.
The 16-year-old has been interacting on the Internet once again, responding to well wishes and also sharing more about what happened during and after her ordeal. This girl has dealt with an awful lot lately, and it would be so easy for her to retreat into a shell of her former self, or lash out, but she seems like she’s managing to stay grounded and begin the process of moving forward with her life.
Using the website ask.fm, Hannah has answered questions with grace and humor, in typical teen lingo that includes lots of emoticons, intentional misspellings, and of course a few exclamation points. In other words, she seems like she’s trying to live as normal a life as possible.
Most of the questions and comments are from friends and admirers, and more than a few have to do with the Homecoming dance, but it’s the questions about the events of the summer that show her maturity.
When asked why she didn’t try to escape, she answered, “How do you know he never had me handcuffed.? Because there you are wrong. Don't assume things you don't know. Just stop.”
Why did she read her mom and brother’s autopsy reports? “Because I need to know what happened to them.”
And what was up with that Starbucks cup she was holding at the funeral? “My friend randomly showed up with Starbucks and I guess she got me one … what was I suppose to do.? Just throw it away when she gave it to me.? People just find the littlest reasons to bash on me.”
Hannah also admitted that she breaks down at night, “So I can get it all out before the next day.”
In an interview last month, Hannah said that she’d rather think of herself as a survivor than a victim, and if how she has handled herself in the past two months is any indication, she’s going to be ok.
What do you think of Hannah’s comments?
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