LOCK HAVEN, CLINTON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Elizabeth Smart spoke at Lock Haven University, the same day her kidnaper is released from prison.
“It has certainly has been a roller coaster of emotions and at the same time I have received an out poring of love, support, of prayers and I so appreciate it,” said Smart.
While Smart did not want to focus on that she was at the university to tell her story on what happened and help others going through troubling times.
Hundreds showed up Wednesday evening to hear what she had to say and hear what happened from Jun. 5, 2002 through Mar. 12, 2003.
Smart recently released a new book. She wants to let people know everyone can make a difference when it comes to eliminating rape, sexual assault, kidnapping and sex trafficking. While her story is negative, she hopes to turn it into a positive and help those going through traumatizing times.
“Every single person can make a difference. I mean certainly people on Mar. 12, 2003 (did),” said Smart.
64-year-old Brian Mitchell is serving a life sentence for kidnapping smart at knifepoint, raping her and holding her captive.