They were robbed of their innocence and years by a man who behaved illegally and unconscionably. Survivors of such confinement, often feel cheated as they miss developmental milestones and important events in their lives, due to being locked away against their will.
Similarly, when you look at great men like Nelson Mandela, who were wrongfully locked away for years against their will, they all basically tell the same story - they felt as though life was passing them by and they had become spectators instead of participants.
The things some people go through in this world can be so disheartening. When you see humanity at its worst, it causes great pause. The resilience of the human spirit is not to be underestimated. Men and women have survived horrors and reemerged with a steely determination to continue with their lives and they are some of the strongest among us in this world.