The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Smart was abducted 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 safely returned her back to her family on March 12, 2003, after being held a prisoner for nine grueling months.
Smart will share her story with Tacoma at the Rialto Theater on Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m.
Through this traumatic experience, Smart has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs, and national legislation. Smart triumphantly testified before her captor and the world about the very private nightmare she suffered during her abduction, which led to conviction. The founder of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, Smart has also helped promote The National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions.
Smith has chronicled her experiences in the New York Times best-selling book, “My Story.” In addition, she and other abduction survivors worked with the Department of Justice to create a survivors guide entitled “You’re Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment.” This guide is meant to encourage children who have gone through similar experiences not to give up but to know that there is hope for a rewarding life.
Tickets are $29, $40 and $59, with $87 tickets including access to a VIP reception with Smart at the Hotel Murano at 5:30 p.m. Learn more at www.TacomaArtsLive.org.