I Will Never Be Who I Was Before Kidnapping: Elizabeth Smart

Elizabeth Smart admitted that she will never be the same person she was before she was kidnapped and will continue to be a voice for those who have survived similar experiences to hers.

Elizabeth Smart shared some things about her kidnapping with news anchor Bob Evans of Fox 13.


It took me a while to recognize that I will never be who I was before all of this happened. That will never happen,” she told 

Elizabeth was found in Sandy, Utah in March 2003 after being held captive by Brian David Mitchell and his wife Wanda Barzee in both Utah and California, and was sexually abused.

After that she didn't live a private life since her rescue, she has chosen to step into the spotlight to speak out for other survivors of sexual assault and shed light on the issue.

She started the Elizabeth Smart Foundation and it merged with the Malouf Foundation to create the opportunity for her to have more of an influence on leaders and policy makers. 

“When you actually see someone in front of you telling you their story just face-to-face almost emotional connection with this person as they’re telling you what they experienced" she said

"How these actions have influenced the rest of their lives, makes a difference. It makes a huge difference,” she explained about her experience reaching out to others

Elizabeth also said that the foundations will work hard to teach children about safety and how to avoid sexual assault and abductions, like hers, from happening in the future.