Hannah Anderson Still in Therapy: Grandmother

The teenager was abducted by a family friend and rescued by federal agents in the Idaho wilderness in August 2013

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    The grandmother of San Diego teenager and kidnap victim Hannah Anderson said her granddaughter is still in therapy months after her abduction.

    Hannah went missing in August 2013 after her mother and brother were found dead inside the Boulevard home of family friend James DiMaggio. Five days later, DiMaggio was killed by FBI agents and Hannah was rescued in the Idaho wilderness.

    The deaths of her mother and brother, Christina and Ethan Anderson, were ruled a homicide by San Diego County sheriff’s deputies. Authorities say DiMaggio kidnapped the teen and killed her mother and brother.

    Anderson's grandmother Sara Britt said Wednesday that she expects the teen to continue therapy for "quite some time."

    “She is still seeing therapists, which will be for quite some time, I'm sure, and it's helping. We try to talk to her and just be there for her,” Britt said.

    The update came as Britt spoke to members of the media about the coverage of her granddaughter's ordeal. 

    For the first week of Hannah’s disappearance, Britt rated the media coverage an "A+." However, her grade went downhill after that. She said it seemed the focus of news outlets' coverage became fueled by each other’s speculation.

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    Britt told the audience that she now finds it difficult to believe what she sees on the news.

    “Now I watch the news and think, is that totally true? It sounds true,” Britt said.

    Britt was a panelist at the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual Media Report Card discussion.The goal of the panel is to improve coverage through feedback.

    Other panelists included Laura Fink, one of the first accusers in the Bob Filner scandal, Rachel Laing, spokeswoman for Nathan Fletcher’s mayoral campaign, and Matthew Tucker, CEO of the North County Transit District.

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