Elizabeth Smart Story
Elizabeth Smart, 30, is an American child safety activist. She came to national attention at the age of 14 when she was abducted from her home in Salt Lake City, America by a crazy long-bearded more man than double her age-Brian David Mitchell. His wife, Wanda Barzee, helped her husband in holding Elizabeth captive for nine months until she was rescued by the police.
After her abduction, Elizabeth Smart has gone on to work as an activist and advocate for missing persons. Numerous non-fiction books and films have been made on the subject of Elizabeth’s life and abduction.
The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of early 2000. Elizabeth Smart was abducted on June 5, 2002, at knifepoint from her bedroom which was the safest place on earth for her! She was seen being abducted by her younger sister who was sleeping next to her. But being extremely scared, the poor little girl couldn’t raise an alarm. Her captor kept her quiet her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to raise an alarm. She somewhere knew that she was going to be raped and perhaps murdered by this man. She kept asking her kidnapper if he wants to rape and kill her he should do it right there (near her house) so that her loving parents and five siblings get to know what happened to her instead of being clueless about her whereabouts. He took her to his camp in mountains behind her home where his welcomed her as her husband’s second wife! He raped Elizabeth who was just a little girl of 14 in front his wife multiple times a day. Her ordeal continued for nine months. The police finally, brought Elizabeth back to her family who was desperately looking for her on March 12, 2003, after being held a captive for 9 torturing months. Her kidnapper was a man who worked at her house once just for a few hours cleaning leaves in the garden. Her younger sister got his sketch drawn and helped in finding her elder sister.
After going through this traumatic experience, Elizabeth decided to become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs, and National legislation. Elizabeth confidently testified before her captors and the world about the ordeal she suffered during her abduction, which led to the conviction. Elizabeth has founded the “Elizabeth Smart Foundation”, and promotes The National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions.
Elizabeth Smart story has been written by her in the New York Times best-selling book, “My Story”. She along with other abduction survivors joined hands with the Department of Justice to create a survivors guide, named, “You Are Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment.” This guide encourages kids who have gone through the same ordeal not to give up and to know that there is hope for a rewarding life. Elizabeth Smart has released a new book about what it takes to overcome trauma, find the strength to move on, and reclaim one’s life. “Where There’s Hope” is both an up-close-and-personal glimpse into her healing process and a heartfelt how-to guide for readers to make peace with the past and embrace the future.
Elizabeth’s abduction and recovery motivated parents, police, and government worldwide to take kids’ safety more seriously. She says there is always a hope to find every missing child. Elizabeth moved on in her life successfully. She attended Brigham Young University, studying music as a harp performance major. She married her husband Matthew in 2012, and they now have two beautiful kids-a girl and a boy. She is also expecting her third child as she announced it on social media in June 2018. Elizabeth Smart story is proof that there really is life after tragedy.
My Favourite Quotes From Elizabeth Smart
“Knowing it can always get worse, I try to be grateful for whatever good I have.”
“You be happy, Elizabeth. Just be happy. If you go and feel sorry for yourself, or if you dwell on what has happened, if you hold on to your pain, that is allowing him to steal more of your life away. So don’t you do that! Don’t you let him! There is no way he deserves that. Not one more second of your life. You keep every second for yourself. You keep them and be happy. God will take care of the rest.”
“But the human spirit is resilient. God made us so. He gave us the ability to forgive. To leave our past behind. To look forward instead of back.”
“I have learned an important lesson. Yes, God can make some good come from evil. But even He, in all His majesty, won’t make the evil go away. Men are free. He won’t control them. There is wickedness in this world.”
“two types of survivors: the ones who did not die, and the ones who live. There will be those who will always remember and be the victim, and ones who just won’t. You have to go on, you have to learn, and you have to heal. Resentment and holding on to the past is so toxic.”
“There is so much to be said about being strong, finding your inner strength, but our time is limited, so I cut to the chase. “How do we protect and grow that inner strength?” “By not lying to yourself. Ever,” she says with certainty. “By not being delusional. By always saying the truth. By practicing the truth.”