07:13 AM EDT 03/19/2015
The Elizabeth Smart Story
Originally posted 03/08/2013 06:00PM
Elizabeth Smart is a smiling, married woman these days, but such a future was unthinkable for her in 2002.
Smart, 25, who has worked as an activist and ABC News contributor in recent years, was abducted from her home when she was 14.
Raped daily for nine months by Brian David Mitchell – a onetime homeless preacher – she was rescued in 2003. Her case drew national attention, and she is finally sharing her story – in her words – with the world.
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