Thursday, December 12 2013, 12:00 PM MST
Web Exclusive: Elizabeth Smart on Her Book
SHAUNA LAKE: Why the book now? For so long you didn't want to talk about any details of anything that had happened. And you said that is in the past, I want to leave it in the past. And the book is very detailed. What gave you the courage to finally tell the story?
ELIZABETH SMART: I never felt like in writing this book that I have gone back to the past. I even feel like it has moved me forward. And I mean you're right. I didn't want to write a book for a long time and as Ive gone out and met with different people and spoken with different people. I've been so touched by what different people have told me. Your story has helped me so much. I've been dealing with my own problems and then even more when people have come up to me and said. I was raped, I was abused I mean I really didn't have a clue as to how widespread abuse is. I mean all different kinds of abuse I just had no idea what an epidemic it is in our society. The more I spoke about it the more I realized how rampant it is and I wanted to do something about it. I wanted to make sure none of those victims/survivors to ever feel the way I felt. But chances are they probably did and probably do and so when I wrote this book; I wrote it in a lot of detail for them as much as for myself. I wanted them to know that these feelings are natural; that it's nobody's fault and that you never lose value as a person. You never lose worth as a human being. I mean each one of us always has something to give. Always has something different to add to life.
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