Teen Reveals Disturbing Details About Her Kidnapping

One young woman's story dominated national headlines when she was kidnapped, and now she's opening up about the dark experience.

Fifteen years ago, Elizabeth Smart’s life was forever altered. Smart was just 14 years old when she was abducted in Salt Lake City back in 2002, and she was held and abused for a terrifying nine months by her captor.

As the Daily Mail shares, the now 29-year-old woman has just sat down for a television interview, and she’s made some stunning admissions about what was going through her mind as the traumatizing ordeal played out.

Smart has been interviewed by Crime Watch Daily, and she explains the emotional toll that was taken as a result of being constantly raped and abused by her abductor.

“For me, because I grew up in a very conservative Christian neighborhood, the first time I was raped I remember feeling devastated,” she recalls.

“I felt like it would be better to be dead than to continue living being a rape victim, being a rape survivor. I felt in that moment if there had been an easy way out, I probably would have taken it.”

Smart was rescued after being held for nine months in captivity by her abductor, Brian David Mitchell, who broke into her parents' home and snatched her. Mitchell is now serving out a life sentence, while his wife is also serving time for her role in holding Smart captive.

“One second I was being reunited with my parents, the next second I was being questioned. The next second they take me up to the hospital... then they're like, 'Oh, take off your clothes. Oh, let's do this kit on you'," Smart continues.

“Nobody was really telling me anything and I remember when they were doing the rape kit, I just remember thinking, 'What's going on?'"

She has previously revealed that she was seriously contemplating suicide while in captivity during an interview on the Today show.

“It was the worst thing that possibly could have happened to me. I thought death would have been better than being raped every single day. That was the worst possible thing to happen to a 14-year-old,” she said at the time.

“I'm 25 now, I can look back and I can overcome it, but not when I was 14.”

During that interview, she returned to the spot where she was held captive and relayed how she attempted to reason with her abductor.

“If you're going to rape and kill me, will you please just do it here so that my parents can find my body?” Smart said.

“He raped me right there on the floor of the tent and then when he was finished I was left alone feeling absolutely broken absolutely shattered. I was broken beyond repair. Every time I thought 'OK this cannot get worse', it always did.”

Smart is now a married mother-of-two, and it’s amazing that she’s been able to pick up the pieces after such a horrific experience. She has gone on to become a philanthropist, author, and motivational speaker, and also serves as a correspondent for Crime Watch Daily.

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: YouTube, Mark Schierbecker, KOMU News

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