Elizabeth Smart shares the story of her kidnapping and how she pieced her life back together after such a traumatic experience. Smart attests her strength to advice her mother gave her:

The morning after I was rescued my mom gave me the best advice I’ve ever been given. … My mom said to me, ‘Elizabeth, what this man has done to you, it’s terrible, there aren’t words strong enough to describe how wicked and evil he is. He has stolen nine months of your life from you that you will never get back. But the best punishment you could ever give him, is to be happy, is to move forward with your life and to do exactly what you want to do. … The best thing you can do is move forward because by feeling sorry for yourself, and holding on to what’s happened, that’s only allowing him more power and more control over your life and he doesn’t deserve another second. So be happy.’ … I’m not perfect at following her advice … but I do try to follow it every day.

Hear the interview, read an excerpt from her book, or listen to a clip from the audiobook (which she reads herself) here

photo via USA Today

Elizabeth Smart and Abstinence Only Education

If anyone is still holding on to the idea that abstinence only education isn’t all that bad, check out this quote from kidnapping and rape victim Elizabeth Smart: 

Smart said she “felt so dirty and so filthy” after she was raped by her captor, and she understands why someone wouldn’t run “because of that alone.”

Smart spoke at a Johns Hopkins human trafficking forum, saying she was raised in a religious household and recalled a school teacher who spoke once about abstinence and compared sex to chewing gum. “I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m that chewed up piece of gum, nobody re-chews a piece of gum, you throw it away.’ And that’s how easy it is to feel like you know longer have worth, you know longer have value,” Smart said. “Why would it even be worth screaming out? Why would it even make a difference if you are rescued? Your life still has no value.”

"By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept," by Elizabeth Smart 

Read By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept

The train was waiting and she was sitting there reading. I saw her through the open doors. I walked in, took a seat infront of her, and I photographed her. She became aware of me after I took the shot. Instinctively, I knew that her awareness was informed. She looked up and asked, “Are you the underground?”. I hesitated for a moment, as I wondered myself if I was the underground. Then I quickly said yes. She took my hand and held it, so warmly, like we were already connected. I won’t forget it. That moment will be a part of me. It will enrich my work. Thank you. 

  • I'm Okay
  • Elizabeth Smart
  • Just 'Cause
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I’m Okay: Sam’s Song

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I was kind of out of my element with this one, because I’ve only ever written about Dean and Cas or the Winchesters as a whole, never as just Sam. I feel like I know Dean a lot better, so let me know if you think I got Sam’s characterization totally wrong or something :) Enjoy! Love you guys <3 

I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m that chewed up piece of gum, nobody re-chews a piece of gum. You throw it away.’ And that’s how easy it is to feel like you no longer have worth, you no longer have value. Why would it even be worth screaming out? Why would it even make a difference if you are rescued? Your life still has no value.
Everything is Castiel
  • Everything is Castiel
  • and nothing hurts
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AKA MY JAM FOREVER

LYRICS:

you’re sitting in a barn as you await the big surprise
you want to find the monster that burned out that woman’s eyes
you’ve got your holy water and some salt rounds and a knife
but nothing seems to work on whatever brought you back to life

you ask “what are you” to learn his name and figure out his mission
he says, “i’m the one that gripped you tight and raised you from perdition”

his name is castiel
he pulled you out of hell
in time he will rebel
he’s an angel of the lord

he’s got a dirty trenchcoat and a tie that’s never straight
you wonder why you kinda like this guy that you’re supposed to hate
'cause he says he's not a hammer, he's got doubts and he's got fears
and you think he might be the best friend that you have had in years

the angels say to torture, and you say you can’t go through this
he says “i would give anything not to have you do this”

his name is castiel
he pulled you out of hell
by now you know him well
he’s an angel of the lord

you try to give him your best speech
but heaven’s got him on a leash
you turn your back and say you’re done
but then he goes and does you right
he’ll help you save the world tonight
because he knows that you’re the one

his name is castiel
he pulled you out of hell
and you are why he fell
he’s an angel of the lord

Original song… video

Tomorrow  Elizabeth Smart speaks to Terry Gross about how she was abducted from her home at the age of 14 (in 2002) and was held (and raped) by her kidnapper for 9 months in the Utah wilderness.

Smart’s memoir, titled  My Story, is out this week. It gives a detailed account of those horrific months and the aftermath, including how she has found the strength to move on.

  • Bluebird-- Acapella
  • Elizabeth Smart
  • Bluebird- Single
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when I was first writing Bluebird (in the shower) it was very different and far more upbeat than it turned out once I added the piano, so today I decided to record the song in it’s original a capella jazz tempo

this is very different than anything else I’ve done, and some of the rhythm is a little off, but I hope you enjoy this version! :)

download here if you wish!

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Elizabeth Smart puts Nancy Grace in her place, July 2006

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