Former kidnap victim speaks in Albany

Posted at: 11/01/2013 8:50 AM
Updated at: 11/01/2013 4:33 PM
By: WNYT Staff

ALBANY - A sellout crowd for the women against M.S. luncheon Friday in Albany.

They came to support those battling the disease but also to hear Elizabeth Smart.

Smart was just 14 when she was abducted at knifepoint from her Utah home back in 2002.

It would be nine months before she was freed.

Since then she's reclaimed her life, married and recently wrote about her ordeal.

She's also an advocate for children who are abducted and abused.

She says it's important that we support those who've been through this type of trauma, not question choices they made during the time of their captivity

“None of us really have that right to question a victim or a survivor. I mean, it's enough for us to know that something terrible happened but thy survived and we should all be happy about that and we should help them recover and move forward,” says Smart.

Smart says we all have choices in our lives.

When she returned home her mother told her she could choose to be happy, that it would prevent her captors from taking any more from her.