Fifteen years after her abduction, Elizabeth Smart shares her story at an event entitled “Elizabeth Smart: Where There’s Hope, There’s Healing” in Asheville at a ticketed event and fundraiser for Our VOICE, Buncombe County’s rape crisis and prevention center. On International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2018, on the campus of A-B Tech, Elizabeth Smart will discuss her healing journey that transformed her from survivor to thriver.
“Elizabeth Smart’s inspirational story serves as an example of how communities can create and support resiliency from sexual trauma,” says Angélica Reza Wind, Our VOICE’s executive director. “She has shown us that there is life after trauma, and that healing is possible.”
Smart’s abduction, described as “one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time,” occurred on June 5, 2002, when she was taken from her home in Salt Lake City at the age of 14 and held prisoner for 9 months. During that time, Smart was repeatedly raped and abused. After her rescue, Smart testified before her abductor and in front of the nation, sharing the terrible and private details of her ordeal. This testimonial led to her captor’s conviction. Since then, she has founded the “Elizabeth Smart Foundation,” the mission of which is to “prevent future crimes against children but to address victims, survivors and families with the resources and community they need to encourage hope and empower their future.”
Smart published the New York Times best-selling book, My Story and in March 2018 is releasing her new book: Where There’s Hope: Healing, Moving Forward, and Never Giving Up. She was featured on A&E in a two-part series, Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography, which premiered Nov. 12, and in the Lifetime movie I am Elizabeth Smart, which premiered Nov. 18. She is 30 years old and is married with two children.