Elizabeth Smart

Born Nov 3, 1987

Elizabeth Ann Smart Gilmour is an American activist and contributor for ABC News. She first gained widespread attention at age 14 when she was kidnapped from her home and recovered nine months later.

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1987 Birth Born on November 3, 1987.


2002 14 Years Old Smart was abducted from her bedroom in her family's Salt Lake City home on June 5, 2002 at the age of 14.
2003 15 Years Old She was rescued by police officers nine months later on March 12, 2003, in Sandy, Utah, 18 miles from her home, following the help of an America's Most Wanted episode. … Read More
2006 18 Years Old On March 8, 2006, Smart went to Congress to support sexual predator legislation and the AMBER Alert system, and on July 26, 2006, she spoke after the signing of the Adam Walsh Act.


2008 20 Years Old In May 2008, she traveled to Washington, D.C., where she helped present a book, You're Not Alone, published by the U.S. Department of Justice, which has entries written by her as well as four other recovered young adults.
2009 21 Years Old In 2009, Smart commented on the kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard, stressing that dwelling upon the past is unproductive. … Read More
In 2011, Smart founded the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, which aims to support the Internet Crimes Against Children task force and to educate children about violent and sexual crime. … Read More
2012 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2012, Smart became engaged to Matthew Gilmour, a native of Scotland, after a courtship of one year. The couple met while serving as missionaries in the Paris Mission and had planned to marry in the summer of 2012 but moved up the date because of media privacy concerns. They married on February 18, 2012, in a private ceremony in the Laie Hawaii Temple.
2013 25 Years Old On May 1, 2013, in a speech at a human trafficking conference at Johns Hopkins University Smart discussed the need to emphasize individual self-worth in fighting human trafficking, and the importance of dispelling cultural myths surrounding girls' loss of value upon sexual contact. … Read More
2014 26 Years Old In February 2014, Smart testified before the Utah State House of Representatives in favor of HB 286, a bill that would create a non-mandated curriculum for use in Utah schools to provide training on child sexual abuse prevention.
2015 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 2015, Smart was featured in a video produced by Faith Counts where she explained how her religious belief sustained her through her ordeal and helped her heal. … Read More
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