SALT LAKE CITY — Once again, abduction survivor and activist Elizabeth Smart is using her own trauma to help others heal.
This time, television is her medium.
Smart's new 90-minute special, "Smart Justice," premieres Saturday, April 27 on Lifetime and will start with the harrowing story of Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old who was taken after her mother and father were murdered by her kidnapper in front of her. After an 88-day captivity beginning in October 2018, Closs was able to escape and was ultimately rescued.
In the show, Smart hosts a roundtable of abduction survivors who will discuss and examine Closs' case, including Gina DeJesus, Katie Beers, Kara Robinson Chamberlin, Alicia Kozakiewicz, Denise Huskins and Sarah Maynard. Those close to the victim will also share stories and interviews.
Jake Patterson, 21, pleaded guilty to the homicide of Closs' parents and kidnapping the 13-year-old for three months.
In a recent Instagram post, Smart explained the show and thanked those who helped produce and create it.
"My hope is that any survivor could watch this and walk away feeling that 1. They are not alone," Smart wrote. "2. No matter what they have been through they can over come what has happened. And 3. Life is beautiful and meant to be lived, and just because something bad has happened it doesn’t mean that what happened has to define you."
Smart, who travels and speaks to spread her message, has previously used film and television to educate and inspire. Her former projects include the 2017 Lifetime film, "I Am Elizabeth Smart," A&E's "Elizabeth Smart: Question Answered," and A&E's miniseries "Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography."
"Smart Justice" airs on Lifetime, Saturday, April 27, 6 p.m. MT