Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart explains in new YouTube series how her teen rape trauma affects her sex life with her husband

Smart was abducted from her bed at knifepoint when she was 14 years old and held captive for nine months by Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. Now 33, she has been married to Matthew Gilmour from Scotland since 2012 and has three children, She said she is frequently asked how she is able to have sex with her husband after ‘so much rape and sexual trauma.’ Smart listed ‘big differences’ between rape and sex, saying sex is entered into with consent ‘and is based off a relationship built off of trust and mutual love.’ ‘Rape not only is often physically painful but is emotionally and spiritually painful and devastating,’ she said. In a new YouTube series, Smart will share ‘how my rape affected me [and] how my rape has affected my intimate life as a married adult.’

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SOURCE: Daily Mail

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