Scholars who specialize in the origins of Christianity agree on very little, but they do generally agree that it is most likely that a historical preacher, on whom the Christian figure "Jesus Christ" is based, did exist.
The numbers of professional scholars, out of the many thousands in this and related fields, who don't accept this consensus, can be counted on the fingers of one hand.
A damsel who rescues herself is a Damsel out of Distress who probably used an Improvised Weapon.
Yet how many contemporary mentions of Hannibal do we have? Some "Jesus Mythicists" have tried to argue that certain ancient writers have mentioned Jesus and did not, and so tried to make an argument from silence on this basis.But it fell out of favor as the twentieth century progressed and was barely held by any scholars at all by the 1960s.More recently the "Jesus Myth" hypothesis has experienced something of a revival, largely via the internet, blogging, and "print on demand" self-publishing services.If the kidnapper in question is particularly nasty, expect an I Have You Now, My Pretty situation to occur. See also Distress Ball, Standard Female Grab Area, Determined Widow, I Have Your Wife, Save the Princess, Hostage Mac Guffin.If the character does not become a Damsel Scrappy but still is constantly captured, they are a Designated Victim. If the girl is actually this for her own benefits, depending on her purposes she's either a Deliberately Distressed Damsel or a Decoy Damsel.Some damsels are so annoying that the audience wouldn't mind seeing them dead; others end up in trouble in a way that just screams Character Derailment.This is particularly dangerous for the resident Action Heroine who will seem suddenly weak and helpless if her stint as a damsel isn't properly justified — if the moment is bad enough, she can be demoted to Faux Action Girl.So it sounds suspicious to people that there are no contemporary records at all detailing or even mentioning Jesus.But our sources for in the ancient world are scarce and rarely are they contemporaneous—they are usually written decades or even centuries after the fact.If the hero leaves the damsel in distress (for the moment), that's Delaying the Rescue.See also The Captivity Narrative for a plot based on this.