Elizabeth Smart Speaks At Bridgewater Tonight

Kidnap Victim To Offer Life Lessons

Posted: February 25, 2013

Daily News-Record

Abduction victim Elizabeth Smart, the Utah girl who was kidnapped from her home in 2002 and held captive for nine months, will speak at Bridgewater College's Cole Hall tonight at 7:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

Smart was 14 years old when she was taken from her bedroom, imprisoned and sexually abused by two captors who threatened to kill her and her family if she tried to flee.

She was reunited with her family after someone spotted her in March of 2003.

A Brigham Young University graduate, Smart now supports child abduction recovery programs and preventive measures, including the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, an organization aimed at stopping victimization.

She worked with other young adults and the U.S. Department of Justice to create a guide for survivors of abduction and is a contributor to ABC News, reporting on missing persons and child abduction.