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Elizabeth Smart will work for ABC. Will you tune in to check her out?

Posted by on Jul. 7, 2011 at 12:08 PM
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Kidnap Victim Elizabeth Smart Takes On Brave New Role

Posted by Lindsay Mannering
on Jul 7, 2011

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We 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 was 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?

by on Jul. 7, 2011 at 12:08 PM
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Strega
by on Jul. 7, 2011 at 12:09 PM

I'm iffy on it. Not only will it make her relive her own experience over and over again (I'm sure she does that anyway), but what will it accomplish?


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itsallabtthem84
by on Jul. 7, 2011 at 12:20 PM

I don't know anything about it or her.

usmclife58
by on Jul. 7, 2011 at 12:53 PM

I think it is a little creepy... But, it could be therapeutic or something to her.

Peanutx3
by on Jul. 7, 2011 at 12:55 PM

It may very well be cathartic to her.  She is a very strong person.

websorceress
by on Jul. 7, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Something good has to come out of what happened to her. Bravo for her!!!  With her experience, she can help so many, she's a strong women and this country needs more strong women to lead the way.........I think it's awesome.....!!

paganbaby
by on Jul. 7, 2011 at 10:46 PM
Quoting usmclife58:

I think it is a little creepy... But, it could be therapeutic or something to her.

Charizma77
by Carissa on Jul. 7, 2011 at 11:27 PM

I'm undecided.

Liansmommie
by on Jul. 10, 2011 at 4:55 AM

It could be really creepy but often the media tends to sensationalize these types of stories and her having a unique perspective could help keep things on the right track. I would certainly believe her take on something like this rather than a professional journalist trying to sell a headline.

johnny4ever
by Mrs. Depp on Jul. 10, 2011 at 7:34 AM

 sure Id watch

betsystipo
by on Jul. 10, 2011 at 7:51 AM

 I'm sure it will theraputic for her!

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