Elizabeth Smart Comes to Bryant
In 2002, Elizabeth Smart was only 14 years old. She lived in Utah and went to bed just like any other night. She shared a room with her sister, who was sleeping only ten feet away from her. In the middle of the night, she felt something sharp and cold against her neck. As she opened her eyes, she heard a man’s voice telling her to go follow him. Elizabeth followed him into the woods, only a few miles away from her home, where she met his “wife”. They lived in tents on a mountainside with tarps as floors. That was the night Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped from her home and the nine months of torture began.
This horrific kidnapping story was national news as thousands of people searched for Elizabeth. She was fortunate enough to come to Bryant as she explained her story, the things she went through with that man and woman, and how she was finally saved when someone recognized her from the news station on television.
As she talked about her travels with these two people, you could’ve heard a pin drop in the room with three hundred people – everyone’s eyes were glued to her. Her talk went for about an hour with questions and answers afterwards. She also sold her book titled “My Story” which goes more in depth of what happened to her for those nine months.
I was fortunate enough to meet her one-on-one and she is extremely down to earth. She now runs multiple organizations that educate people on kidnapping, unhealthy relationships, and sexual abuse. For more information about her organization or to learn more about her story, you can visit http://elizabethsmartfoundation.org/.
Another fantastic event hosted by our incredible Student Arts and Speaker Series.
Bryant University Class of 2016