Kidnap Victim to Tell Her Story

Elizabeth Smart, whose childhood abduction was a national story, will be in the area for a speech in September. Smart, who was rescued after a nine-month kidnapping ordeal, is active in counseling abducted children and supporting child-rescue organizations.

Smart was abducted from the bedroom of her upscale Salt Lake City home in June 2002, when she was 14 years old. Her kidnapping was a national story and later a movie and a book; up to 2,000 volunteers looked for her for months. A sketch artist, working with her sister, who saw the abductor, produced a picture. The sketch was used on America’s Most Wanted and the abductor’s family contacted police with his identity. Brian Mitchell was spotted and reported to police, and Smart was rescued.

The now-24-year-old Smart will speak Sept. 18 at Lakeway Regional Hospital in Morristown in celebration of the seventh anniversary of the Healthy Woman program at the hospital, according to the hospital’s website.

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Comments » 5

SpaceCowby43 writes:

As long as they are getting Elizabeth Smart to advise on escaping from kidnappers, why don't they bring in Bernie Madoff to give some tips on financial investing?

Lizfan2 writes:

in response to SpaceCowby43:

As long as they are getting Elizabeth Smart to advise on escaping from kidnappers, why don't they bring in Bernie Madoff to give some tips on financial investing?

How about reading up on her story & having some compassion? Elizabeth had been terrorized & abused into submission by an armed psycho. She's not the first kidnap victim to submit out of fear of death.

SpaceCowby43 writes:

in response to Lizfan2:

How about reading up on her story & having some compassion? Elizabeth had been terrorized & abused into submission by an armed psycho. She's not the first kidnap victim to submit out of fear of death.

I probably know her story as well or better than you. I also have compassion for her ordeal. However, I think she is an absurd choice to be paid to give tips to parents and children on escaping from kidnappers. A better choice would be someone who has actually escaped from a kidnapper like young Calysta Cordova, the 9 year old Colorado girl who escaped her kidnapper and called 911.
Elizabeth story sells, not because it might help other kidnap victims, but because she is young, white and pretty and the story of her being raped over 1000 times titillates listeners. Even more so, when delivered by the victim, herself. In other words, it proves the old adage, "sex sells", in every form.

Lizfan2 writes:

in response to SpaceCowby43:

I probably know her story as well or better than you. I also have compassion for her ordeal. However, I think she is an absurd choice to be paid to give tips to parents and children on escaping from kidnappers. A better choice would be someone who has actually escaped from a kidnapper like young Calysta Cordova, the 9 year old Colorado girl who escaped her kidnapper and called 911.
Elizabeth story sells, not because it might help other kidnap victims, but because she is young, white and pretty and the story of her being raped over 1000 times titillates listeners. Even more so, when delivered by the victim, herself. In other words, it proves the old adage, "sex sells", in every form.

I have been following the Smart case religiously since March 2003, so unless you're directly involved with the case or are a relative, neighbor or friend of either the kidnappers or the Smarts I seriously doubt that you know more about this case than I do. Elizabeth has mostly been going around speaking on how to overcome trauma, not on how to escape the kidnapper/abuser. She does have experience in overcoming adversity. She can speak up on that. FYI Elizabeth's story also sells because she survived nine months of hell & it's very rare to find kids alive after 3 months, let alone nine. How many kids have been found alive after such a long period of time? I can count the ones I know of on my fingers.

SpaceCowby43 writes:

The following was reported in the TulsaWorld.

Here is the link to the article.

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/articl...

"Tickets can also be purchased for a VIP reception that will be held an hour before the event, at which 100 guests will have a chance to meet and talk with Smart one-on-one."

"Cost: General admission costs $25. VIP reception is limited to 100 people, and tickets cost $150."

I guess it means the cost of the R-RATED version is $25 and the X-RATED version will run you $150.

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