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Elizabeth Smart gives new details about ordeal
Deseret News ^ | May 1, 2009 | Pat Reavy

Posted on 05/01/2009 7:35:13 AM PDT by lady lawyer

Elizabeth Smart vividly remembers being awakened in the middle of the night by "feeling something cold and sharp to my neck."

She awoke to a bearded man armed with a knife who was wearing a stocking cap and whom she thought she had never seen before. He told her, "Don't make a sound. Get up out of bed quickly."

Speaking Thursday at the annual Crime Victims Conference at the Capitol, Smart talked for the first time in detail about portions of her nine-month kidnapping in 2002, including an experience in San Diego where she was so weak from starvation that she couldn't move after going a week without food.

. . . .

Just because one bad incident happens in your life, she said, you don't have to live the rest of your life around it. Smart recalled her mother telling her after she returned home, "They took nine months from you. Make sure you don't give any more to them."

. . . .

Last year, Smart participated in the preparation of a pamphlet released by the U.S. Justice Department entitled, "You Are Not Alone, The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment." The 63-page book tells of several kidnapping cases, with the survivors saying what they want to in their own words.

The pamphlet has been called a survivor's guide for kidnap victims. Smart hopes it will help others realize they don't have to be victims forever.

"Miracles happen. You can be happy and have a wonderful and beautiful life," was her message to survivors.

. . . .

(Excerpt) Read more at deseretnews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: elizabethsmart; smart

1 posted on 05/01/2009 7:35:13 AM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: lady lawyer
Here's a novel thought.....

Don't bring transients to your home!!!!

Is it just me?

2 posted on 05/01/2009 7:37:28 AM PDT by lormand ("Janet Napolitano should resign or be fired." - Congressman John Carter - My Congresscritter)
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To: lady lawyer
I'm sure Miss Smart has some deep and lasting scars from her ordeal, but this is a great feel-good story anyway.

Godspeed Elizabeth.

3 posted on 05/01/2009 7:38:04 AM PDT by Poser (Typed on my Woot-off $169 Asus Web Book (Linux of course))
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To: Poser

bttt


4 posted on 05/01/2009 7:39:00 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: lormand

You are correct, sir.


5 posted on 05/01/2009 7:39:01 AM PDT by ConservativeMind (When you're RuPaul posing as the wife of the president, you need all the make-up help you can get.)
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To: lormand

Her parents were trying to be kind, giving work instead of a handout. In retrospect, it was a very stupid thing.

But, I’ve often thought as I have looked at the crews brought into my home by contractors doing remodels, relandscaping, etc., that I don’t have a clue who these people are. They could be as bad as Mitchell.


6 posted on 05/01/2009 7:39:55 AM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: lady lawyer

What a beautiful and courageous young woman. I hope her story helps someone. One of the most damaging things that comes out of any traumatic incident like this, such as rape, domestic violence, abduction, etc. is that, as Smart’s mother rightly said, the victim is often robbed of years of their life because they are mired in the memories, suffer from PTSD, etc.


7 posted on 05/01/2009 7:42:32 AM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: lady lawyer

Good luck to Elizabeth.

(And I never understood those people who blamed her for this ordeal)


8 posted on 05/01/2009 7:42:39 AM PDT by earlJam
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To: lady lawyer
The incident reminds me of the old saying...

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions"

The Smarts have certainly been to hell and back.

9 posted on 05/01/2009 7:43:31 AM PDT by lormand ("Janet Napolitano should resign or be fired." - Congressman John Carter - My Congresscritter)
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To: lady lawyer

“I’m glad to help you; but if you go anywhere near my daughter, your regrets will be sharp, bitter, and brief.”


10 posted on 05/01/2009 7:44:00 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: lady lawyer

Exactly. People come into/onto our homes/property all the time - the UPS driver, the substitute mail carrier, the water meter reader, the contractor or repairman (as you stated) and so on. And none of us know what kind of people they are so to blame the parents for this seems ridiculous. Who would think the guy was going to come through a window and kidnap the kid from their home?

Meanwhile, you might even live next door to the psycho who is watching and waiting for “his” moment.


11 posted on 05/01/2009 7:44:46 AM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: earlJam

Me either - or blaming her parents either. “There but for the grace of God...” I always love these people who think nothing will ever happen to them because they are somehow smarter, better, keener, etc.


12 posted on 05/01/2009 7:45:49 AM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: lady lawyer
Looks like an intelligent young lady.
 

13 posted on 05/01/2009 7:45:54 AM PDT by Lokibob (When handed lemons...Refuse to sign for them. Life's lemons can't be delivered without a signature.)
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To: lady lawyer

Boy that was a dark read. She seems to be doing well.


14 posted on 05/01/2009 7:49:05 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: lormand
I thought it odd, that they went to the White House not long after her return. It invited everyone to wonder about her sexual abuse.
15 posted on 05/01/2009 7:49:17 AM PDT by y6162
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To: earlJam

I think I know where at least some of that “blame” was coming from. I remember comment after comment when it happened to the effect that she was a Mormon, so there was clearly some dark and nefarious happening and her family was in on it. Her father had probably sold her off to some polygamous cult.

Others said she posed as a nice Mormon girl, but that no 14 year old is that good. My response was, my neighborhood is full of really good little teenage girls whom I know well from constant contact with them.

That was years before the presidential campaign, but it was the first time I realized there were some really deep and ugly anti-Mormon strains on FR.

My mother grew up in a little Utah town on the rail line. Her mother would give work to hobos in exchange for food. If the Smarts’ Utah Mormonism had anything to do with what happened, it may have been a naive belief in the fundamental goodness and dignity of everyone.


16 posted on 05/01/2009 7:52:39 AM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: lady lawyer
But, I’ve often thought as I have looked at the crews brought into my home by contractors doing remodels, relandscaping, etc., that I don’t have a clue who these people are. They could be as bad as Mitchell.

Private industry doesn't want to hire these criminals, so the construction industry hires them and puts them to work in private homes. Any prison teaching inmates to "clean carpets" or any other work that's done in private homes should be nuked.

17 posted on 05/01/2009 7:55:06 AM PDT by GOPJ (We sleep safe..because rough men stand ready..to visit violence on those who would do us harm-Orwell)
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To: Paved Paradise
I'll bet there is a solid ID trail back to your UPS, meter man, mail carrier etcetera. I'll bet more street people have killed than UPS, meter men and mail carriers combined.

To bring to your home a complete stranger with no ID or history, where you have a wife and beautiful kids is not only poor judgment, but horrible survival skills.

A man who has a family has an obligation to protect them. Comparing your UPS guy to strange bum on the street is....(trying to be nice)...not a good comparison.

The guy you give change to on the busy street corner is most likely a convicted felon with a horrible history of crimes that would make you roll up and lock if you only knew. Of course, there are exceptions, but are you willing to risk it as did Mr. and Mrs. Smart?

18 posted on 05/01/2009 7:55:17 AM PDT by lormand ("Janet Napolitano should resign or be fired." - Congressman John Carter - My Congresscritter)
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To: lormand

Absolutely, they have. But I’m sure they now pass the downtown panhandlers without feeling any obligation to help. I think they were very naive. They aren’t stupid. They are very successful people, in their work and in their family life. But they were certainly naive.


19 posted on 05/01/2009 7:56:06 AM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: lady lawyer

Yeah, maybe it was the anti Mormon thing. (And it didn’t help that her dad was a dork.)

Anyway, godspeed to Elizabeth and her family.


20 posted on 05/01/2009 8:00:12 AM PDT by earlJam
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To: lormand

I agree about the UPS guy, etc. But contractors are a different matter.

A few years ago, we did an extensive remodel and relandscape. When I could, I used contractors whom I knew well, and I even knew the crews. Sometimes, while I knew the contractors and trusted them, when the crews showed up for a concrete pour, or to tape off the house for painting, or something else, some in the crew looked pretty sketchy. I didn’t have any control over that.


21 posted on 05/01/2009 8:03:01 AM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: lady lawyer

The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel. Fundamental goodness and dignity was long ago lost in the garden.


22 posted on 05/01/2009 8:03:36 AM PDT by Broker (Recondo!)
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To: lady lawyer
I agree. I'm not condemning them into eternal hell, I hope they can move on as normally as they can. I hope I never make as bad a mistake as they did, but I am not immune to making them.

I have nothing but a heavy heart for Miss Smart. I have a young daughter too.

23 posted on 05/01/2009 8:04:03 AM PDT by lormand ("Janet Napolitano should resign or be fired." - Congressman John Carter - My Congresscritter)
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To: lady lawyer
I'm with ya.

I will be having my roof done and home repainted soon. The roof is a one day deal, but not the painting.

24 posted on 05/01/2009 8:05:38 AM PDT by lormand ("Janet Napolitano should resign or be fired." - Congressman John Carter - My Congresscritter)
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To: lady lawyer

In the 40’s, we’d get hobos in our town perhaps because of the railroad running through it. Never heard of them harming anyone. My sister, a neighbor’s son, and I took food down to a couple of them who were in a shack near the rr. They never bothered us.


25 posted on 05/01/2009 8:06:33 AM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: lormand

I’m actually happy for her. She was soooo lucky to live through that and come out the other side. She’ll always have a dark side, but she has Faith and God will see her through.


26 posted on 05/01/2009 8:11:45 AM PDT by ichabod1 (I am rolling over in my grave and I am not even dead yet (GOP Poet))
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To: Marysecretary

It’s certainly a different world, isn’t it? It wasn’t that long ago, in a mid-size town in Utah, that nobody locked their doors.


27 posted on 05/01/2009 8:12:27 AM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: ichabod1

Hopefully, she’ll find a good man and have a happy, uneventful life. It can happen.

One of my kids’ friends was kidnapped with his little sister when he was about five. The kids were kept about half a day and dropped off in a canyon near out house. I never asked their mother if they were molested, I just assumed it.

They seem to have come out of it okay. Of course, they were younger, and not famous.

If I were to worry for Elizabeth Smart about anything at this point, it is that she will attract fame-seeking guys because of her notoriety, instead of for the right reasons.


28 posted on 05/01/2009 8:16:43 AM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: lady lawyer

I’m surprised that some good and caring young gentleman her age hasn’t noticed what a beautiful young lady she is...


29 posted on 05/01/2009 9:12:33 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...!!)
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To: TXnMA

Some probably have. I suspect she will be very careful and take a fair amount of time in selecting her husband, though. She will want to weed out the ones who are interested in her just because they know they will get their name in the paper if they marry her.


30 posted on 05/01/2009 9:53:27 AM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: lady lawyer
I was thinking more along the lines of a sincere, close, sharing and lasting friendship with a male she has zero cause to fear. Should that develop further, great!

I have been blessed to have several such lifelong friendships with ladies -- the most wonderful of which is that with my wife (of 48 years this month).

31 posted on 05/01/2009 10:08:30 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...!!)
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To: lady lawyer

Just as ugly anti-Catholic strains on FR.....but I STILL LOVE IT!!


32 posted on 05/01/2009 10:09:26 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: lady lawyer

We lock ours whenever we go out, even if it’s only for a few minutes. There have been break-ins in the county, like we’ve never had before. Very sad. My country is disappearing.


33 posted on 05/01/2009 10:49:51 AM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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