The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases in American history. She was abducted in Salt Lake City on June 5, 2002, and her captors controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape.
Fortunately, the police were able to return Smart to her family on March 12, 2003, after she had been held prisoner for nine months.
Through her traumatic experience, Smart has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs and national legislation.
She triumphantly testified before her captor and the world about the very private nightmare she suffered during her abduction, which led to his conviction.
Smart is currently involved in the "Elizabeth Smart Foundation," and she has helped promote The National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions.
She is also an ABC News correspondent.
During her presentation, she will not only tell her story, but will also discuss overcoming extreme adversity and not allowing the past to dictate the future.
Tickets are free and can be obtained by calling (870) 574-4521 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.