Elizabeth Smart interacts with girls facing adversity

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  • BostonLDS Salt lake City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 1:34 p.m.

    GaryO - she explains in her book why she never ran - she believed that her captors had helpers that would kill her family if she tried to escape. Read the book if you are interested in her story. I'd suggest against making rash judgments before you learn more about her. Stockholm syndrome normally comes with feelings of sympathy, even love and affection, for the captors - she never had this, just fear. I think she is very inspirational, but I do agree that I wish she had put more of her recovery in her book - I'd be interested to see how she coped and how she moved past the trauma.

  • Llew40 Sandy, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 10:22 a.m.

    Easy for Elizabeth to say "We can work hard and be happy" when she had rich daddy to help her finish school, get a job, attract a good husband and live happily ever after. I too was blessed to be awoken in the middle of the night by an intruder in my off campus apartment but I did something Elizabeth never did, I screamed and woke up my roommate in the other bed. I went on to fail in finding a job in the field I graduated in, served a mission, but no prince charming ever came along. Now I have to learn to be happy as an independent mid-single without a worthy priesthood holder in my life. Oh, and I'm also a child of the divorce culture of the 80's. Elizabeth has no idea what it means to stay strong when everything is stacked against you.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Feb. 8, 2014 2:35 p.m.

    Elizabeth Smart had to change her whole frame of reference to mentally and emotionally survive and adapt to the situation. She obviously suffered from the Stockholm syndrome during her ordeal, where abuse became an acceptable norm.

    How else can you explain the fact that she never stepped forward to expose her abductors when she had plenty of opportunity to do so, while hiding in plain sight in Salt Lake City?

    She should be proud to be so strong now, and able to proactively deal with those memories.

  • Brent T. Aurora CO Aurora, CO
    Feb. 8, 2014 11:22 a.m.

    Do wish her book had been as detailed and verbose about her recovery (time since) her abduction as it was about the period of her captivity. Agree it was riveting and tasteful in detail, as well as commentary. But then the book just rushed and glossed over the years since including high school, college, mission and psychological issues which must surely have been present both in courting, and now, marriage to her husband.

    Downton Abbey is exploring some of these issues within marriage with Bates and Anna. Just feel the recovery and ongoing issues merit greater attention than, while interesting and relevant, knowing more about her ordeal itself with David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee .Given those circumstances, her recovery is amazing. What needs sharing is how that was possible.

  • LovelyDeseret Gilbert, AZ
    Feb. 7, 2014 6:58 p.m.

    I am not always agreeable with everything that Ms. Smart says to people but everything she said to the Heritage school is both inspired and impressive. I hope any victims of abuse never let their abusers define them. In being the victim they did nothing wrong but in continuing to be the victim they might.

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 4:01 p.m.

    Elizabeth Smart's words of encouragement are always a inspiration to me. She is living proof that God can give those who ask in faith the strength to move forward and live happy lives despite experiences that could leave a person shattered and helpless. She is a walking, breathing miracle. May God continue to bless and strengthen her resolve to overcome her tragedy to help others cope after the horror of sexual abuse.