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.
- My StoryI remember when Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped. And when she was found. The story captured media attention, but it resonated particularly with me. read more
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- Elizabeth Smart appears on HLN to talk about the Hero™ appHERO™ Mobile App for iOS and Android Leverages Social Media, Crowd Sourcing and Geo-Location to Provide Important Tool in Times of Need SALT LAKE CITY — June 26, 2012 — Apptooth (www.apptooth.com), a leading mobile app development studio today launched a new patent-pending mobile application called Hero™ available in the Apple App Store for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Google Play for Android. Hero™ Features Summary: • Users can invite friends and family to be their “Heroes” from numerous social… read more
- Elizabeth Smart Appears on “Anderson” via Satellite to Discuss Child Safety
- Elizabeth Smart Foundation and Keep Georgia Safe Team Up to Talk About radKIDS
- radKIDS Instructor Certification Training: West Valley, UtahDear Future radKIDS Instructor, We hope this email finds you well and looking toward teaching your next class of radKIDS. As we have all seen with the recent news out of Penn State University our efforts to empower children with options and choices are needed more and more every day, In saying that ,I want to thank you for all you are doing and to challenge you to do another class soon. Together we know that every child deserves… read more
- National Coverage Of Elizabeth Smart’s Press ConferenceTime to “Get Smart in Washington” Elizabeth Smart held a press conference on the steps of Utah’s Capitol Building, addressing President Obama’s comments over the weekend regarding the Penn State child abuse scandal. Obama addressed that it is to be every persons “number one priority” to protect children. Smart emphasized the importance of empowering children with education and tools that will help to protect them in dangerous situations through the radKIDS program. Smart also challenged that if the nation’s top… read more
- Elizabeth Smart responds to Penn State scandalElizabeth Smart responded to President Obama’s comments over the weekend regarding the Penn State scandal at the Utah Capitol Building this afternoon. Obama’s statements detailed that people’s “number one priority has to be protecting our kids” and that the allegations against Sandusky should motivate the nation collectively to do “some soul-searching.” He encouraged every individual to “take responsibility for making sure our kids are protected.” In today’s press conference, Smart emphasized the importance of empowering children with education and… 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.
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