In June of 2002, what began as a sleepover would turn into an 18-hour ordeal that would be life-changing for then-15-year-old Kara Robinson. While watering her friend's garden, before heading out on a trip, she was abducted at gunpoint, placed in a plastic container, bound, gagged and driven to an unknown location where she was abused by her captor. This weekend Lifetime recounts her harrowing ordeal in The Girl Who Escaped: The Kara Robinson Story. (Robinson is pictured at top, left, with Katie Douglas, the actress who portrays her.) The intent of this movie, which is the latest entry in the network's continuing ripped-from-the-headlines film franchise, is to illustrate how some survivors choose to navigate both the ordeal and its aftermath. Helping bring the story to the screen is fellow kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart, who serves as an executive producer. When deciding to relive her ordeal, Robinson (now Robinson Chamberlain, a mother of two) had one thing in her mind -- authenticity.
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