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Elizabeth Smart Speaks at Johns Hopkins on Why Kidnapping Victims Might Not Run



In a week when everyone is talking about the three young women who were kidnapped and held prisoner in Cleveland, it’s inspiring to see how Elizabeth Smart — a young woman who was herself kidnapped, repeatedly raped, and held for nearly a year — has, in succeeding decades, become a brave and outspoken advocate for women in similar situations. As news begins to trickle out about how Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight escaped from their captor, Smart’s comments from last week’s event offered one possible explanation for why they may not have gotten out sooner.