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Tanya Kach, Held Captive for 10 Years, Finally Able to Attend Prom

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A kidnap victim who was held captive for 10 years as a sex slave missed her prom, and would cry about missing it when she was alone. But she was finally able to attend at age 31 after a radio host learned of her story.

Tanya Kach disappeared in 1996 from her parents' house and spent the next ten years of her life trapped in the second floor bedroom of Thomas Hose's house. Hose worked as a janitor at her high school and seduced her when she was experiencing trouble at home.

While she was trapped, she was kept in one room and allowed to shower once a week. She had to use a bucket as a toilet.

For years, she thought she was obliging with Hose out of love. She was brainwashed. Hose began letting her out of the house, knowing she wouldn't flee because of her brainwashed state. That was when she confided in a store clerk, who then told police.

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She missed out on a lot when she was trapped, but more than anything, she was most upset about missing prom.

On Saturday, she was finally able to attend.

"I got the shoes, jewelry with it, and then I just got the last finishing touches for the hair stuff and then he brought me my corsage today," she said.

She went with her fiance, Karl McCrum. He called The Bubba Show, a radio show, to win tickets to the prom.

"I would like her to experience everything that she missed. Just because it's a little later in life, doesn't mean that you can't still enjoy it," McCrum said.

"I'm excited to do something I never got to do and be with other people and dance and eat and have a nice time, it's going to be fun," Tanya said.

"This is what I want to do is show people that even after something tragic in your life, you can move on and try and live a normal life."

Hose was sentenced to 15 years and was denied parole last year. He was charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a minor, interfering with the custody of a child and child endangerment. 

Sources: Daily Mail, ABC