It's been six years since the famous Utah teen was kidnapped by a drifter. Where is she and what is she saying now?
It's hard to forget Elizabeth Smart's father, Ed, six years ago on the news, flashing photos of his beautiful 14-year-old daughter--kidnapped from her bedroom. Most of us feared he, and the rest of the world, would never see her alive again. But we did--9 months after her kidnapping, the Utah native was miraculously rescued.
In this week's People magazine, the now 20-year-old Bringham Young University junior is telling her story in an effort to help other abduction survivors cope. Elizabeth makes some surprising statements, including a lack of regret about being taken from her family. She says, "I'm not sorry this happened to me anymore, because it made me grow up."
While she doesn't dwell on the past, she is fearful for her future if her abductor was ever released. "He'd come back after me immediately. I think he knew exactly what he was doing."
Smart co-created a Justice Department pamphlet called, "You're Not Alone: The Journey from Abduction to Empowerment," which was released in May and is intended for other victims.