Elizabeth Smart
American activist
Elizabeth Smart
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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Elizabeth Smart's personal information overview.
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Elizabeth Smart: Pornography made my living hell worse
CNN - about 2 months
Elizabeth Smart speaks out about the role pornography played in her kidnapping in 2002. Her kidnapper was sentenced to life in prison.
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Sherri Papini Will 'Have to Find a New Normal,' Elizabeth Smart Says
ABC News - 3 months
“I would suggest to Sherri to focus on herself, focus on her family," she said.
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Elizabeth Smart On ‘Locker Room Banter’: ‘There’s No Justifying It -- Ever'
Huffington Post - 5 months
Advocate Elizabeth Smart has no patience for the idea that bragging about sexual assault is just “locker room banter.” In an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune, the 28-year-old explained why what Trump and his supporters brush off as “locker room banter” is actually damaging to survivors of sexual assault. Smart said it’s comments like Trump’s that perpetuate rape culture. “The worst part about it is listening to people trying to belittle it, just saying, ‘Well, it’s locker-room talk, it’s locker-room banter,’” she told the Salt Lake Tribune. “Anyone belittling sexual violence, sexual abuse, they’re doing a huge disservice to victims of violent crimes, violent sexual abuse. There’s no justifying it — ever.” In a recently leaked hot mic video, the Republican presidential nominee can be heard saying that he just “starts kissing” women without their consent and even “grab[s] them by the pussy,” because “you can do anything” when you’re a star.  Smart told SLT that peopl ...
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Elizabeth Smart On ‘Locker Room Banter’: ‘There’s No Justifying It -- Ever'
Huffington Post - 5 months
Advocate Elizabeth Smart has no patience for the idea that bragging about sexual assault is just “locker room banter.” In an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune, the 28-year-old explained why what Trump and his supporters brush off as “locker room banter” is actually damaging to survivors of sexual assault. Smart said it’s comments like Trump’s that perpetuate rape culture. “The worst part about it is listening to people trying to belittle it, just saying, ‘Well, it’s locker-room talk, it’s locker-room banter,’” she told the Salt Lake Tribune. “Anyone belittling sexual violence, sexual abuse, they’re doing a huge disservice to victims of violent crimes, violent sexual abuse. There’s no justifying it — ever.” In a recently leaked hot mic video, the Republican presidential nominee can be heard saying that he just “starts kissing” women without their consent and even “grab[s] them by the pussy,” because “you can do anything” when you’re a star.  Smart told SLT that peopl ...
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Verse That Linked Rape To Chastity Removed From Mormon Youth Book
Huffington Post - 5 months
A controversial verse from the Book of Mormon that describes rape as the loss of chastity has been removed from a workbook Mormon girls are required to study. LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins confirmed to The Salt Lake Tribune on Monday that the verse was recently eliminated in the English version of the Personal Progress workbook that covers virtue.  Chapter 9 of the Book of Moroni details the “depravity” of the Lamanites ― a tribe the Book of Mormon describes as descendants of Laman and Lemuel, two brothers from a family of Israelites that sailed across the ocean around 600 BC.  Moroni 9:9 relays the story of the Lamanite daughters who were raped and deprived “of that which was dear and precious among all things, which is chastity and virtue.” The workbook still emphasizes chastity, asking girls to write in their journal on “the promised blessings of being sexually clean and pure and your commitment to be chaste.” But the revision reflects LDS Church policy, as stated ...
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Elizabeth Smart: Porn made my living hell worse
CNN - 6 months
Elizabeth Smart speaks out about the role pornography played in her kidnapping in 2002. Her kidnapper was sentenced to life in prison.
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Elizabeth Smart Fast Facts
CNN - over 1 year
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Elizabeth Smart joins search for missing Provo woman
Daily Herald - Utah Valley - almost 2 years
PROVO — Elizabeth and Ed Smart are working with Provo Police to help find Elizabeth Elena Luna Salgado, the Provo woman who has been missing for more than a week.
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The Tragedy of Children and Crime: Supporting Elizabeth Smart
Huffington Post - about 2 years
I once read that the "most precious jewels we will have around our necks are the arms of our children." God has entrusted these precious souls to us. Oh, what a blessing they are! Yet every day we read of another headline on child abuse. When looking at the FBI website about crimes against children today, we read, "It's nearly unthinkable, but every year thousands of children become victims of crime -- whether it's through kidnappings, violent attacks, sexual abuse, or online predators." Here are some recent headlines... and I do mean recent. On January 27th alone, the following crimes against children became headlines: Kansas City: Columbia Missouri man sentenced to 20 Years for Child Pornography New York: New York Man Convicted of Sex Trafficking of Minors Orlando: Former Teacher Sentenced to 210 Years for Sexually Exploiting Children Denver: FBI arrests two Child Traffickers and recovers six minors during 2015 National Western Stock Show. Albuquerque: Prior Sex ...
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Elizabeth Smart Shares About Her Faith And Kidnapping
NPR - about 3 years
Elizabeth Smart was just 14-years-old when she was kidnapped at knife point from her bedroom. She was held for nine months before finally being rescued. Host Michel Martin talks with Smart about her memoir, My Story and her Mormon faith - which made her both a target, and a survivor. This segment originally aired Oct. 11, 2013 on Tell Me More. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Texas School District Sex Education Compares Non-Virgins To Chewed Gum
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A Texas school district is apparently teaching sexual education in the worst way possible: by trying to shame students into staying virgins until marriage. Sexual health advocate Katie Gustainis Vela recently obtained what appears to be an instructional worksheet meant for teachers who lecture on sex ed. Vela tweeted a photo of the worksheet -- which likens people who have premarital sex to pieces of chewed gum or used toothbrushes -- and indicated that it is used in the Canyon Independent School District. (According to ThinkProgress, Vela currently lives in Boston but used to reside in Canyon.) (Story continues below.) Canyon TX #sexed: students should be like a "wrapped up & unused" piece of gum. @AdvocatesTweets pic.twitter.com/CKgY2rHQiR — Katie Gustainis Vela (@katie_gus) November 6, 2013 Another worksheet from the district, obtained by ThinkProgress, says that having sex before marriage can be “physically, emotionally, and financially harmful,” and that when it comes ...
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Elizabeth Smart says she hasn't talked with 3 Cleveland women who were held in home for decade
Fox News - over 3 years
Elizabeth Smart says she admires the strength shown by the three women who were kidnapped and held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade.
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College Culture Is Teaching Victim-Blaming
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Earlier this month, Daisy Coleman published her version of the highly-contested rape case from Maryville, Mo. Her story is in-depth and emotionally vivid, but pales in comparison to the response. Her community returned with comment saying she was "asking for it" and "got what was coming" and posts on social media labeled Daisy a "skank" and "liar." These consistent accusations and disbelief that a 14-year-old girl who was incoherent and left with uncomfortable injuries has confused her own mistake with rape send a resounding message: Victim blame is still striving in America. As a college student, I'm familiar with the three-day weekend bar crawl, the frat-hop, the copious drinking and resulting drunken hook-ups. Drunken sex has become a commonality for younger generations and with it, the disappearance of a differentiation between harmless fun and sexual assault. Today, 90 percent of college rapes go unreported nationwide. Those that are reported are met with criticism ...
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Elizabeth Smart Fast Facts
CNN - over 3 years
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Elizabeth Smart: My Faith And 'My Story'
NPR - over 3 years
Elizabeth Smart was just 14 when she was kidnapped at knifepoint from her bedroom. She was held for nine months and forced to act as her captor's second wife. Host Michel Martin talks with Smart about her new memoir and her Mormon faith, which played a big part in her story. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Elizabeth Smart
    TWENTIES
  • 2015
    Age 27
    In February 2015, she gave birth to a daughter whom she and her husband named Chloe.
    More Details Hide Details In October 2013 My Story, a memoir of Smart's experience written with Chris Stewart was published by St. Martin's Press. The book details both Smart's kidnapping and the formation of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation which tries to promote awareness about abduction. Smart's uncle, Tom Smart, and author Lee Benson wrote a book about the search for Smart, In Plain Sight: The Startling Truth Behind the Elizabeth Smart Investigation. Another book about Smart's kidnapping was written by her father, called Bringing Elizabeth Home. A television movie, The Elizabeth Smart Story, was made based on Smart's father's book in 2003.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details On November 11, 2009, Smart left to serve a Mormon mission in Paris. Smart returned temporarily from her mission in November 2010 to serve as the chief witness in the federal trial of Brian David Mitchell. After the end of the trial, she returned to France to finish her mission, coming home to Utah in the spring of 2011.
  • 2014
    Age 26
    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.
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  • 2013
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After being raped by her captor, she recalled the destructive impact of exposure to sexual education programs where a sexually active girl is compared to a chewed piece of gum. "I thought, 'Oh, my gosh, I'm that chewed up piece of gum, nobody re-chews a piece of gum, you throw it away.' And that's how easy it is to feel like you no longer have worth, you no longer have value," Smart said. "Why would it even be worth screaming out? Why would it even make a difference if you are rescued? Your life still has no value." Smart went on to ask that listeners educate children on having self-worth, and how to avoid becoming a victim.
  • 2012
    Age 24
    In July 2012, Smart was honored by Theta Phi Alpha National Fraternity with the Siena Medal award.
    More Details Hide Details The medal is the highest honor the organization bestows upon a non-member and is named after their patroness, St. Catherine of Siena.
    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.
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  • 2011
    Age 23
    On July 7, 2011, it was announced that she would be a commentator for ABC News, mainly focusing on missing persons.
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    In March 2011, Smart was one of four women awarded the Diane von Furstenberg Award.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details It is in the process of merging with Operation Underground Railroad to combine efforts in the fight against human trafficking.
  • 2009
    Age 21
    In 2009, Smart commented on the kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard, stressing that dwelling upon the past is unproductive.
    More Details Hide Details On October 27, 2009 Elizabeth spoke at the 2009 Women's Conference in California hosted by Maria Shriver, on overcoming obstacles in life.
  • 2008
    Age 20
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2006
    Age 18
    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.
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  • 2003
    Age 15
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She had been in the captivity of Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Ileen Barzee. Her abduction and rescue were widely reported and were the subject of a made-for-TV movie, titled The Elizabeth Smart Story, and non-fiction books. On October 1, 2009, Smart testified to being raped three to four times daily, tied up and threatened with death if she attempted to escape. On November 16, 2009, Barzee announced she would plead guilty to assisting in the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, as part of a plea bargain with prosecutors. On May 19, 2010, Barzee was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison. As part of a plea deal between the defense and federal prosecutors, federal Judge Dale A. Kimball gave Barzee credit for seven years that she had already served, the U.S. attorney in Utah said. On March 1, 2010, Mitchell was found competent by Judge Kimball to stand trial in federal court for the kidnapping and sexual assault charges; his trial began on November 8, 2010, and a month later the jury found Mitchell guilty on both counts. On May 25, 2011, Mitchell was sentenced to two life-terms in federal prison.
  • 2002
    Age 14
    Smart was abducted from her bedroom in her family's Salt Lake City home on June 5, 2002 at the age of 14.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1987
    Born
    Born on November 3, 1987.
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