Elizabeth Smart Inspires Women at YWCA Luncheon

Elizabeth Smart shares her story with attendees of the YWCA Empowering Women luncheon at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Thursday, October 2, 2014.  LAUREN PETRACCA/@LaurenPetracca/ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Elizabeth Smart shares her story with attendees of the YWCA Empowering Women luncheon at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Thursday, October 2, 2014. LAUREN PETRACCA/@LaurenPetracca/ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Elizabeth Smart was 14 when, in June 2002, Brian David Mitchell took her out of bed at knife point from her home in Salt Lake City, Utah.The life of little Elizabeth changed dramatically the day she was abducted by a man who would later abuse her for 9 months only a few miles from her home. Now, Smart, who is 26 and has rebuilt her life with her husband, inspires women and she recently spoke at the YWCA’s Empowering Women Luncheon on Thursday.

According to Time Warner Cable News, Smart said at the YWCA luncheon: “For as much evil and wickedness and bad things you see on the news all the time, there are that many good people out there and there are that many more people who want to make a difference and who want to see you happy and who want to help, so never give up.”

At the conclusion of the YWCA luncheon, Smart expressed confidence that it is possible to be happy and move on with life even after going through a situation such as hers, which she described as being “nine months of hell.”

“So many people searched for me, so many people prayed for me and followed my story and I am so grateful for that. It’s made such a huge difference knowing there are so many people who cared for me and loved me and wanted my safe return, not only my safe return but they wanted to see me happy again and they wanted to see me move forward in my life so that’s been such a huge blessing,” Smart told the crowd.

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SOURCE: Examiner.com – Christian Savoy

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