Elizabeth Smart, nine years later
Jennifer Auh talks to Elizabeth Smart, about how she's doing nine years later, after being rescued from an abduction. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
We’ve all heard of her name and her story. Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped and held captive for almost a year, before she was rescued.
On Friday, Elizabeth Smart came to Boise. She was the keynote speaker for the 13th Smart Women, Smart Money Financial Conference in the Boise Centre on the Grove.
Although her story is not exactly about financial success, organizers said it's one filled with strength and hope for women.
Smart talked to us about how she survived, after being raped and held hostage for nine months by Brian David Mitchell and his wife. She said her faith kept her hope alive, and her past experiences made her a stronger person.
"Being someone, who has been through sexual abuse, who's been raped, I never thought there could be anything that could be any worse,” said Elizabeth Smart, “because there are so many woman and children, who don't come back, but I did come back. I’ve been given second chance, so no matter how bad my day may get, I can always remember and be grateful for that."
Smart told us she is now happily married. She tours around the country to speak about her struggles and to motivate others with her strength.
In addition, Smart works with various organizations to help child victims. She also started the Elizabeth Smart Foundation to empower children and stop predators.