'I lived through the Dutroux affair from the inside, and all these years I have kept silent about it - about my 'personal' Dutroux Affair... I need to write this book for three reasons: so that people stop giving me strange looks and treating me like a curiosity; so that no one ever asks me any more questions ever again; and so that the judicial system never again frees a paedophile for 'good behaviour'.' On 28 May 1996, 12-year-old Sabine Dardenne was kidnapped by Marc Dutroux, the most heinous of paedophiles, and held prisoner for 80 long days. The magnitude of his crimes shook the whole of Europe. But far from sensationalising the horror, her story, dignified and restrained, is ultimately uplifting. Says Sabine Dardenne, 'I choose to live'. 
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