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Kidnap Victim Elizabeth Smart Takes On Brave New Role (the Stir)

Posted by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 9:15 AM
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Kidnap Victim Elizabeth Smart Takes On Brave New Role

Posted by Lindsay Mannering
on July 7, 2011 at 11:58 AM

elizabeth smartWe all remember Elizabeth Smart as the girl who was kidnapped, but soon she may have another claim to "fame" -- it's rumored that ABC is ready to announce that they've hired Elizabeth Smart to be their go-to contributor and pundit covering missing persons stories. Smart will likely appear as the missing persons expert on Good Morning America and Nightline and will share her insight and personal understanding of kidnap events.

Smart was snatched from her Salt Lake City bedroom when she was 14 and was found nine months later -- her capture and recovery were widely reported in the news. Most recently, Smart testified to being threatened, tied, and raped daily during her captivity and has started a foundation to help teens avoid and recover from violent events.

Is it weird that Smart's going to use her terrifying pain for employment?

I don't think so. I agree that it seems a little bizarre, even creepy, possibly exploitative at first, but I want to give Smart a little more credit than assuming she's somehow "selling" her tragedy.

At 23 years old, Smart is an intelligent college grad who's taken years to overcome the horrific events that took place in 2002. She's said she's ready to move on, and I think this correspondence job will help her do that. Yes, she'll have to talk about it, yes, she'll relate the latest kidnapping or missing child's story to her own, yes, she'll likely share some gory details of her personal experience, but I think that could be cathartic.

No one can change their history and I admire Smart for facing hers head on and using her horrifying experience to help others understand missing persons cases. I don't think collecting a paycheck for that is such a bad thing, either. 

The more information that's shared about kidnappings, the better. If viewers only tune in to hear what Smart has to say about a case, because they're looking for an inside scoop, because they want Smart to say something salacious, then great. The more people who know about the story, the better, no matter what their motive.

Do you think Smart's new gig is creepy or cathartic?

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LuLu5J
by Lourdes-PR on Jul. 8, 2011 at 9:23 AM

I don't know how I feel about this.  I agree with the blogger it's not the worst thing in the world for her to do and she definitely has a unique perspective.  But does she have the expertise to be on TV and make informed reports about kidnapping cases?  I don't think so.

GOBryan
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 9:52 AM

She has the experience of what kidnap victims can be going through and she seems to be capable of handling it, so why not? 

ana326
by Ana-Mexicana on Jul. 8, 2011 at 10:44 AM
Agreed!
At least she has tried overcoming this and is helping other teens instead of going into depression and doing nothing with her life.
Way to go Elizabeth Smart!!!


Quoting GOBryan:

She has the experience of what kidnap victims can be going through and she seems to be capable of handling it, so why not? 

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kgmmw
by Kimberly-US/Mex on Jul. 8, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Yep, I agree

Quoting GOBryan:

She has the experience of what kidnap victims can be going through and she seems to be capable of handling it, so why not? 


krise
by Christine-Arizona on Jul. 8, 2011 at 11:20 AM

 

Quoting ana326:

Agreed!
At least she has tried overcoming this and is helping other teens instead of going into depression and doing nothing with her life.
Way to go Elizabeth Smart!!!


Quoting GOBryan:

She has the experience of what kidnap victims can be going through and she seems to be capable of handling it, so why not? 

 I totally agree, she could be a huge factor in helping kids, and helping to possibly finding them soon. Good for her.




manifer_momma
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 11:24 AM
Agreed!
This shows that she is a strong level-headed person in spite of what happened. She canbe a great role model too.


Quoting GOBryan:

She has the experience of what kidnap victims can be going through and she seems to be capable of handling it, so why not? 

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sophiesmom07
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 12:06 PM

This chick is strong! I say good for her!  She's put a positive spin on her ordeal and in turn will be helping others.  Confronting her trauma and speaking out on similar issues may be very cathartic and healing for her.

LuLu5J
by Lourdes-PR on Jul. 8, 2011 at 12:13 PM

I agree completely she definitely has that experience and it's great that she's putting a positive spin on it .  This will definitely help her.  I wonder if they're using her as an expert consultant or as a person with a personal point of view on kidnapping?  KWIM

Quoting GOBryan:

She has the experience of what kidnap victims can be going through and she seems to be capable of handling it, so why not? 


DollofMalice
by Silver Member on Jul. 8, 2011 at 1:41 PM
I think it is a great oppurtunity for her and for others like her. She is showing you can go through this torture and be a strong person. I hope her experience helps saves others lives.
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momma_814
by Zayra-Mexicana on Jul. 10, 2011 at 6:46 PM

 I agree.

Quoting DollofMalice:

I think it is a great oppurtunity for her and for others like her. She is showing you can go through this torture and be a strong person. I hope her experience helps saves others lives.

 

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