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Published: Monday, Oct. 7 2013 11:20 a.m. MDT

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Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

No need. This story keeps popping up and we know all we want to know.

heidi ho
Fort Collins, CO

I was horribly abused as a child by my father and it is amazingly difficult to get past the whole thing. There are different stages to the healing process that encompass a life time. The thing about being raped as a very young child is that children dissociate and split off the memories. Then they suffer horrible nightmares, and traumatic triggers and wonder what is going on with them. I will constantly strive to have the attitudes that Elizabeth Smart is having, but there is grief, and PTSD symptoms that need to be felt and dealt and healed through. Marriage is certainly a trigger that needs constant work and honesty. Children need to be protected always, yet our society seems to be moving away from looking at how terribly addictive pornography is and how sex addiction is progressive. If not arrested, it will lead to child abuse. This epidemic will continue to harm the children the most. They are the innocent victims of the denial of the ramifications of this horrible plague upon the land.

Ironman
SANTA CLARA, UT

1570 articles in the DesNews about Liz Smart, and counting...

Nan BW
ELder, CO

There are many reasons why it was important and worthwhile for Elizabeth to tell her story. Those who are tired of seeing new articles about the story can skip them and read something else. I admire her and appreciate her focus on helping others cope with bad experiences. I don't know that I will read the book, but I certainly support her and the competent author who helped her in producing this worthy book.

Lasvegaspam
Henderson, NV

Mike and Ironman: Then go read something else, and while you're at it hope that noone in your immediately family or in your circle of friends ever suffers abuse of any kind, because you'll have no clue what they're speaking of or how to possibly help them overcome.

EJM
Herriman, UT

With all due respect I thought we already had a book written by her on the experience. Why another?

cjb
Bountiful, UT

What she went through was traumatic, but I'd bet what her parents went through was worse.

Once I invited a person with a 'Will work for food' sign to my house to work. He refused the offer. Given the wisdom I learned from this situation, that will be my last invite to a homeless person.

anti-liar
Salt Lake City, UT

I truly am happy for Elizabeth, that she had, at a highly crucial time, and continues to have, today, a loving, supportive family, as well as a large network of friends and well-wishers in Utah and around the world.

I also am very happy for her that she was able to taste a measure of justice in her case, to which she absolutely was entitled.

It is easy to say that one may "choose" to not be a victim. But you'd better believe -- and I am confident Elizabeth herself would readily acknowledge -- that those things I have named above, along with her own willpower and faith in God as mentioned in the article, played a major and, again, highly crucial role in her ability to survive, heal, and thrive.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

It must be close to the campaign for the elections next year for Representative Stewart. He is a good man but the GOP convention events with all the actions with his campaign won't be forgotten.

Elizabeth Smart should be on her own without politicizing her story and life. It was definitely a sad story with a good ending compared to the 1000s if not millions of abused children in this life around the world. I think of the child soldiers, boys and girls, that have such sorrowful lives everyday of their life. They don't have medical or psychological care as Elizabeth did. Elizabeth is an example to the world and her Uncle on the Deseret News staff definitely made it possible for publicity to be available to the world through that process.

It is sad when a child is abused and the results can be devastating for those children, forever in this life. I am grateful for counseling for our child that was abused by a child abuser and offender. His life will never be the same but he has survived with people's help in so many ways.

Politicizing is not beneficial to the process today.

Kaotic
USA, UT

What happened to Mrs. Smart was tragic with a happy ending, but it seems they are trying to make it political, which is even more tragic. Hopefully Mrs. Smart is telling her story over and over so that other victims can find peace and not for monetary gain for herself or political gain for her friend. Let this tragic story with a happy ending ride off into the sunset...

Raeann Peck
Salt Lake City, UT

With many others, I offered heart felt prayer almost constantly for Elizabeth and her family, and like many others, cried a fountain when she was found. A few months later I saw Elizabeth with her family after a Christmas event. She was laughing and behaving like a care free child. I wept again with gratitude. Beyond the heart connection I feel for her, there is oddly enough, a connection through B. D. Mitchell's family as well. There are members of the Mitchell family whom I adore and respect. They were instrumental in resolving this case. Elizabeth has conquered devastating events with courage, faith, and hope. Blessed be, Elizabeth! You are loved! Have an abundantly happy life.

InspectorC
Wasatch Front, UT

If our U.S. Congressmen (et al) are allowed to write for-profit books (music, etc.) while either elected-to-office or serving in office, I would hope they are required to donate 100 percent of their profits/income/royalties/etc BACK TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, in some legitimate, useful form!!

But personally, I think the American citizenry would MUCH prefer to see them focusing 100 percent of their time, talents and energies to solving our country's gravely-serious problems and getting this country back on course!

And then if we could get some serious **term limits** set up on Congress, then those jokers could sit around writing all the books, poetry and music they ever wanted, AFTER they are out of office.

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