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Hannah Anderson Gives First Public Interview: 'I Consider Myself A Survivor'

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Hannah Anderson is giving her first public interview since she was rescued after being taken hostage by James DiMaggio in the Idaho wilderness earlier this month.

Anderson wrote about some of her experiences online (before yanking them down), and her father has made statements on her behalf after she appeared publicly at a fundraiser in her hometown. But until now, she hasn't spoken to the media.

She's scheduled to appear on the TODAY show tomorrow. She agreed to appear, she said, so that she could thank all of her supports. In a teaser that NBC released online, Anderson says, "In the beginning i was a victim, but now, knowing everyone out there is helping me, I consider myself a survivor instead. My mom raised me to be strong."

NBC says that she credits the Amber Alert for saving her life.

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