Elizabeth Smart Speaks At Local Crime Conference

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – In 2002 she was a teenager, kidnapped from her home and held for nine months. Today Elizabeth Smart spent the day in Dallas speaking at a Crimes Against Children Conference.

It was nearly 10 years ago that a man and his wife kidnapped Smart from her Salt Lake City home. Now the 23-year-old is stressing to investigators the need to never give up on finding a missing child.

Smart sat down with CBS 11’s Robbie Owens and talked more about her mission.

“I’m trying to not hold on to the past,” she said while talking about her new passion of working with victims of child sex crimes.

Smart draws on her personal experience to relate to young victims. At the age of 14 she was kidnapped from her bedroom by a self-professed street preacher.

“A would-be marriage to a man older than my father, raped daily, waking up to a metal cable bolted around my ankle eliminated any chance of escape,” she recalled.

Even now, Smart says hearing news reports of other missing children give her pause. “I always pray for the same outcome I had. It’s still heartbreaking.”

After years of counseling and recovery Smart has become a sought-after speaker and contributor on the issue of missing and abducted children.

She created the Elizabeth Smart Foundation to help protect children. Smart also works with a program called radKIDS that provides safety education for children.

In spite of all she’s endured, Smart says she would tell other young people to be aware of danger but refuse to live in fear.


One Comment

  1. Patricia says:

    If these events were publicized I would be there! My experience growing up was full of abuse of every kind, as well as torture, repeated for 12 years until I got married at 13 to escape it. I am now 60 & ready to talk! This awful stuff happens so much more often than anyone knows. It took me all these years to finally realize my story & my siblings (who suffered the same by the abuser) could possibly help another child out there. I admire this young lady for speaking out now instead of doing as we have by staying quiet except among ourselves in the family. God bless you Elizabeth!!!

  2. Speechless says:

    Did you not read the story? Let me tell you about it. The story is about helping others with the same fate she went through, she has set up a foundation to to help others. She talks to agencies to give then better insight of the kidnapped child. And hell yes if my child had been kidnapped and gone for so long, you bet I would be right by their side so it doesn’t happen again or some turd like yourself gets to close to her.

  3. Lori says:

    Wow, Corey. How does a person only see the world through racist vision? You are so filled with hate. I think it is good that she has the courage to use her awful experience to help others.

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