August 22nd, 2013
02:24 PM ET

Hannah Anderson: "My Mom Raised Me To Be Strong"

Hannah Anderson speaks out about her kidnapping and the deaths of her mother and younger brother at the hands of longtime family friend James DiMaggio. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

In an interview with NBC's "Today Show," Anderson said she's been empowered by the tragic chain of events.

"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."

Former Los Angeles County Prosecutor and parenting expert Loni Coombs weighed in with analysis on Anderson's character.

"The person we care about the most, Hannah, this young 16-year-old girl, is doing Ok. She's composed, she's eloquent, she's thanking people, she's referencing her mother, and her brother and she seems to have a pretty good grasp on what's going on.

Watch the video to see some of the misinformation Anderson says was spread about her communication with DiMaggio.

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