The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Elizabeth was abducted on June 5, 2002, and her captors controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. Fortunately, the police safely returned Elizabeth back to her family on March 12, 2003 after being held prisoner for 9 grueling months.
Through this traumatic experience Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs and National legislation. Elizabeth triumphantly testified before her captor and the world about the very private nightmare she suffered during her abduction, which lead to conviction.
The Founder of the “Elizabeth Smart Foundation”, Elizabeth has also helped promote The National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions.
Elizabeth has chronicled her experiences in the New York Times best-selling book, “My Story.” In addition, she and other abduction survivors worked with the Department of Justice to create a survivors guide, entitled, “You’re Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment.” This guide is meant to encourage children who have gone through similar experiences not to give up but to know that there is hope for a rewarding life.
Elizabeth’s abduction and recovery continues to motivate parents, law enforcement and leaders worldwide to focus on children’s safety. She emphasizes vigilance by “every day” people and the belief that hope always exist to find every missing child.
Elizabeth’s example is a daily demonstration that there really is life after a tragic event. Smart attended Brigham Young University, studying music as a harp performance major. She married her husband Matthew in 2012.
- Elizabeth Smart interviews Utah State rape victim Victoria HewlettAnd, she told kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart, she wants to use those attributes to help other women. Smart interviewed Hewlett as part of her ... ... read more
- Elizabeth Smart speaks to woman who was rapedA former Utah State University student who was raped at an off-campus fraternity house party in July 2015 has described her horrifying ordeal. ... read more
- ‘I saw darkness in his eyes': Elizabeth Smart speaks to female Utah State University st...Hewlett sat down with kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart (pictured). Smart is now a special correspondent for Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen. ... read more
- “You Will Always Be My Daughter”: How the Love of Elizabeth Smart’s Mother ...On Monday at the Sonoma County Women in Conversation event in Santa Rosa, California, Elizabeth Smart recounted her harrowing abduction. ... read more
- Elizabeth Smart: ‘It’s not what happens to us that shapes us, it’s what we ...Elizabeth Smart continued her nationwide speaking tour in Santa Rosa, Calif., ... Lots of people waiting in line for Elizabeth Smart to sign their books. ... read more
- Elizabeth Smart shares her survival story with Santa Rosa(1 of 59) Elizabeth Smart, right, talks about coping with her kidnapping with Katy Hillenmeyer, director of mission integration at St. Joseph Health, ... ... read more
- Elizabeth Smart shares her story to sold-out crowd at UNTFifteen years after being abducted, Elizabeth shared her story about moving forward in life and to finding a happy ending, no matter the circumstances ... read more
- Elizabeth Smart shares her survival story with Santa RosaElizabeth Smart was 14 years old when a man entered her bedroom, put a knife to her throat and forced her to accompany him into the nearby hills ... ... read more
- Elizabeth Smart tells her story to News 3 Investigation Tom Smart, Lee Benson
Elizabeth Smart was just 14-years-old when she was abducted from her Salt Lake City home 12 years ago. During the nine months she was held prisoner … read more
Elizabeth is available for speaking engagements to tell her incredible and inspiring story of overcoming adversity.
For information on contracting Elizabeth to speak at your event, please fill in the form on the contact page or call (801)410-0871.