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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 14 2011 5:45 p.m. MDT

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Utah Girl
Vernal, UT

It is great to see Elizabeth doing something good from the tragic circumstances she found herself in several years ago. She is in a unique position to be able to advocate for abuse victims, and show by her own life that there is a way to overcome abuse and turn it around for good. I can't stress it enough that she has come from a family whose support for her while she was kidnapped, and also since her return, has been unflagging. They never gave up while she was gone, and have never given up during the long, frustrating years of Mitchell's trials. Best wishes to you, Elizabeth, for success in this project, and all others in your life. You are amazing, girl!

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

If this article will help raise money, great. Otherwise, I personally believe that most 'E. Smart' stories should be her private life and not ours to read at this point.

If it does good for others and she is willing, great. But otherwise, we see an extremely high amount of attention placed on her and I think that poses problems.

Those problems may have an affect on her, I cannot know. But I also think that victims out there who see her get any degree of help she wants, praise, positive community support etc... if other victims out there get little help (if any) it certainly can't be good to boast our praise of her in front of those people every day. I don't mean that we shouldn't support a victim, just that supporting one victim 10 years after the fact does little to help other victims emotionally, who've received so little help.

I realize that any view that isn't praising her tends to get a bit of uproar, but please realize that I have not accused her of anything, criticized her actions, or even remotely said anything ABOUT her- just how much WE attend her story over others.

sports-junkie
West Jordan, UT

I cannot help but think about how amazing Elizabeth Smart is. She has come back from the depths and is now making major contributions in the community and to a special cause.

Thank you, Elizabeth. The work you are doing WILL help many children in need.

Not every child will benefit from these types of Foundations but some will. But thats the point right? To at least help some? As the Foundation grows, more and more children will receive help.

InspectorC
Kaysville, UT

Agreed! Liz Smart is an amazing young woman.

BUT.... I don't believe she's any-more-special or "amazing" than MOST ANY other young woman under identical circumstances would be!! But the media continues to be "obsessed" with her.

I truly wish the very best in life for Ms. Smart, and hope she will continue to use her voice and experiences to advocate for these critical issues and social campaigns. But I WISH the media would drop the incessant one-note coverage of her. If I (or we, the public) NEVER heard another word about Elizabeth Smart, it wouldn't be too soon for me (us)!

I'd prefer to see the Press/Media move-on now; and give fair, equal and *diverse* coverage to countless OTHER young women who deserve the spotlight in our community for their lives and the great things they too are accomplishing.

Erika
Salem, Utah

To: A Voice of Reason

I happen to know some of those people. Getting help as an almost non-functional adult, never having received the kind of help she should have when she was young and the worst experiences were fresh, is virtually impossible. No money, family unable to support (because their problems contributed at the time and now everyone's in a muddled mess), nobody can hold a job due to mental and physical disabilities (many resulting from abuse and neglect). These services cost money, and if Smart's foundation can help people like this, put it up in lights. Otherwise, I agree, that following up on every little detail seems to serve as more discouragement to others not as fortunate to have family and financial support and treatment when it was most critical.
In the meantime, the only help I know how to give my friends is a listening ear and a reassuring word. And I thank God every day that it wasn't me, although it just as easily could have been.

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

Erika,

"if Smart's foundation can help people like this, put it up in lights. Otherwise, I agree, that following up on every little detail seems to serve as more discouragement to others not as fortunate to have family and financial support and treatment when it was most critical."

I agree, that's why I put in the bit about 'if she's willing and it will help, I'm all for it'... cause I really am. I just can't help but think that it can't help others to see one victim get all the help possible. I imagine that if the article's sole purpose was to publish 'there is help available' it wouldn't be about Ms. Smart sharing her story, but about 'new center for help' or something that would appeal to victims. I'd rather see more articles that I think help people, than articles about the same person for 10 years and how their story has developed. I think it's great if someone's story does develop for the better, and a couple follow-up's are fine. But after this much time, I think it's time we simply moved on and started putting our focus where it's probably more helpful right now.

mominthetrenches
South Jordan, Utah

Elizabeth Smart is definitely a poster child and the reason we continue to hear about it is because there aren't many positive stories in the news with successful endings. With all their money and family support, it did nothing at the time. Elizabeth traveled the road to hell and back totally and completely ALONE! Her parents were not in there taking her licks for her all the days she was being molested. She could have decided to be mad at them for not finding her sooner. She made the conscious decision within herself to do what she could to survive and she is inspiring how she continues to move on and help others. Society applauds ALL survivors of abuse! The Smarts are merely using their resources to reach out to the thousands across the country who need it--I don't see it as anything personal to gain. I think we all know they have what they need and could choose to walk away into their private life, caring less about all of us, but they choose to contribute. Please, people! Let's be grateful they are so generous with their time and resources to reach out and share!

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