At the Aged 15, Kara Robinson was abducted at gunpoint by a serial killer in her friend's backyard in Columbia, South Carolina - and her first instinct was to survive.
Almost 20 years later, she now shares the story of her kidnapping in a new true-crime documentary on Oxygen and Hulu titled "Escaping Captivity: The Kara Robinson Story ". the investigators involved in her case.
"I want to help people " she told Fox News about why she chose to relive her past for the special. "J realized that if I had to do this, I had to tell my story… Iwanted to be in control. I wanted to make sure the story was told accurately. So I contacted my friend [kidnapping survivor and child safety activist] Elizabeth Smart. I told her it was something I wanted to do. She recommended the team I ended up working with and they were so fantastic throughout the process. "
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Kara Robinson is the subject of the real-documentary on the crime "Escape from captivity: the story of Kara Robinson ". (Oxygen)
C ' was in 2002 when the The Quiet Life of a High School Student turned into a nightmare. After Robinson was taken by her captor in broad daylight, she was forced into a dark storage container and taken to her apartment where she was sexually assaulted multiple times.
For 18 hours Robinson was held against her will. Throughout the ordeal she was determined to take note of her surroundings, memorizing as much details as possible.
"We have this survival mechanism in all of us, " she explained. "And I think it's nis nothing you can control. But I think my body has switched to this survival mode. For myself, I wanted to make sure I gathered as much information as possible and wait until he was complacent. "
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Kara Robinson stated that ' Another survivor Elizabeth Smart (pictured here) encouraged her to share her story for the documentary. (Images)
"It was my way of fighting back ", she continued. "So I think that fight-or-flight mechanic that we all have was a big part of my survival. And I also think - and still am - a very willful person. I didn't want it. get the better of me. "
Robinson managed to free himself from her tether as the man who took her fell asleep. She ran away and walked straight to a car in a lot parking lot. She begged the people inside to take her straight to the police.
"It took a while for the relief to kick in," she said. admitted. "Because my delightur ran [after my escape]… So it was a slow process. But I really wanted my life to get back to normal. I didn't want anyone to treat me differently. The way I handled things was just to turn off all my emotions. I didn 't have an emotional connection to his thing that happened to me. I just wanted everyone to forget about it too. "
Kara Robinson said the will to survive pushed her to escape her kidnapper. (Oxygen)
"I think one of the biggest things I encountered were people assuming they knew how I felt or how I needed to heal, ”Robinson explained. "… My biggest long term effect of my trauma was dissociation… I turned off my emotions and felt nothing… I started to dismantle this.
After Robinson s 'escaped, his captor escaped to Sarasota, Florida. But thanks to his testimony, as well as advice from his own sister, the police were able to find him. After being surrounded by law enforcement, Richard Evonitz committed suicide at the age of 38.
Evidence revealed that his apartment linked Evonitz to the kidnappings and murders of three girls in Spotsylvania County, Va. - Sofia Silva, 16; Kristin Lisk, 15; and her sister Kati Lisk, 12 years old. Notes uncovered by investigato rs reported that Evonitz already had his eye on other potential victims. These notes contained the addresses of two other young girls, as well as their deion.
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Richard Evonitz committed suicide before he could take on Kara Robinson in search. (FBI)
The documentary revealed that Robinson was angry that Evonitz had committed suicide because she wanted to confront him in court.
"I wanted him to know that I had outsmarted him "she explained. " I wanted him to know that by choosing me, I was not going to be his intended victim. He was the kind of offender who would stalk people. I was out of my normal place in my normal time, so I was not an intentional victim. So I wanted 'he knows that choosing me, his victim of opportunity, was the biggest mistake he could have ever made. "
" I was a little angry at this matter, "said Robinson. had to stand trial. I never had to sit in a courtroom and talk about all the details of what happened to me. I never have to worry about him going out or anything like that.
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Kara Robinson pursued a career in law enforcement. (Oxygen)
"But I'm still angry in many ways for different reasons. I " I'm angry now because I have a feeling he is responsible for other crimes. It will now be very difficult to identify him as the person responsible for these crimes. And I think we could have linked him to some things if it wasn't because he committed suicide. "
But Robinson still wanted to find a way and help others . In 2010, if he graduatedfrom the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, WISTV.com reported. She also began working with the Richland County Sheriff's Department as the School Resources Officer. Today, the married mother of two is active on TikTok where she hopes to raise other survivors.
"… Whenever an offender chooses a victim, he often chooses someone. 'one who doesn ' t look like he 's going to fight, so to speak, "she said. "We can behave in different ways, making eye contact with people. When walking, don't get distracted and observe your surroundings ... But in reality, kidnapping or assault by a stranger is much rarer than someone we know. I am very passionate about helping people assess and maintainhealthy limits. "
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'Escaping Captivity: The Kara Robinson Story 'is available to stream. (Oxygen)
Looking back, Robinson said that his story of survival is a story of hope.
"Even the negative things that happen to us, we can choose if this is something that will define us, or if it is something that will refine us," she said. "It's about choosing your path, taking back that power, and getting your life back.
"Escaping Captivity: Kara 's Story Robinson "will air Friday, October 15 at 10:00 am ET on Oxygen. The special is also available to stream on Hulu.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.