Elizabeth Smart, who last year visited Laredo to talk talk at a fundraiser for the Children’s Advocacy Center, talk about the recent discovery of three Ohio women who had been abducted for more than ten years.
Elizabeth Smart\KIDNAPPING SURVIVOR "I would want so much them to know that nothing that anybody else can do to them will ever diminish their value. Each one of us are born with value that will never leave throughout our entire life... and I would want them to know that... and I would want them to know that, yes, there will always be people who look at you and be like, 'oh, that's the girl that was kidnapped. That's, you know...' But that doesn't have to be you. You can still go on, you can still make your decisions, you can still become who you want to be... and anyone who can't see that, they just don't know you... or their eyes just aren't open to see who you really are."
Smart spent nine months in captivity when she was 14 years old.
She says she is overjoyed to hear of the rescue of the three women in Cleveland.
Smart was kidnapped from her Utah home in 2004 by a drifter and his wife.. . Since her rescue she has created the Elizabeth Smart foundation to bring awareness to predatory crimes against children.
That’s what brought her to Laredo last April to raise funds for the Children’s Advocacy Center.