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Elizabeth Smart YWCA Luncheon Inspires Women

By    |   Friday, 03 Oct 2014 06:44 PM

Elizabeth Smart shared the story of her abduction, rape and abuse with attendees at a YWCA luncheon Thursday about empowering women, but she came with a larger message.

"There is a lot of evil in this world, a lot of terrible things going on, but I want you to know there is also so much good in this world and so many people who want to make our communities, our world a safer place and certainly these women here at the YWCA embrace that and they try to promote that," Smart said, according to the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester, New York, where she spoke.

Smart also told those gathered that people didn’t need to keep telling her they were sorry for what happened.

"It's been able to give me a voice and I've been able to see so much change come from it," she said. "I've been able to see laws change, I've been able to see new laws enacted to protect children, to protect women and I don't regret a second of what's happened because of what's going on today."

Smart was kidnapped out of her bedroom at age 14 by Brian David Mitchell, and held captive for nine months. At age 26, she works through the Elizabeth Smart Foundation to prevent crimes against children.

She is trying, she told the YWCA crowd gathered, to live out her mother’s advice — “The best punishment you could ever give them is to be happy.”

Last week, she reiterated that message on "Today," where she appeared to announce the paperback version of the book she wrote about what happened to her, “My Story.”

“I’m very happy right now. I’m in a great place,” she told "Today" hosts. “I certainly think that life is a journey and I hope tomorrow I’m better than I am today and I hope next year I’m better than this year. ... I hope that I never stop progressing, never stop getting better.”



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