Honored victims advocate recalls her mother's attack

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Houston attorney Kim Ogg has never been a victim of violent crime herself. But as a young girl, a terrifying event foreshadowed her chosen career path — helping the loved ones of victims targeted by violent predators and killers.

Ogg, 48, was just a small child when her mother was kidnapped at knifepoint from a downtown Houston bank parking lot in 1963. She escaped unharmed from the man's moving car. He would abduct and rape two other women later that day.

"We didn't talk about it very much," Ogg says of her mother's ordeal 45 years ago. "But as I look back now, I see that affected everything we did in a lot of ways. It had a long-lasting effect, I think, on all of us — but very subtly.