Lifetime aired their original move I Am Elizabeth Smart on Saturday, November 18, 2017, and the movie was a success. Produced and narrated by kidnapping and rape survivor Elizabeth Smart, the movie was the first time Elizabeth’s story was told in her own words, and through her own experiences. She addressed questions the public had about her kidnapping, ordeal, how she survived and what eventually led to her recovery. Elizabeth was 14-years-old when Brian David Mitchell kidnapped her on June 5, 2002, from her Salt Lake City, Utah home. He held her captive in makeshift campsites in Utah and California with his wife Wanda Barzee for nine months. Not only was the movie enlightening, but it showed why people should never judge victims.
When Elizabeth Smart was found and returned home the public changed their opinion from happiness and joy to blame. A similar response was evidenced after Jaycee Dugard was rescued and returned home.
Once the public learned some of the details, they wanted to know why the victims hadn’t escaped previously. There is no good reason to ever blame a kidnapped or sexual assault victim for not handling their captivity or abuse the way you imagine you would, and I Am Elizabeth Smart fully expressed that.
“I Am Elizabeth Smart”
“You may THINK you know my story, but you don’t, not from me.”
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— AMERICA❤️HAS?SPOKEN (@ChooseToBFree) November 19, 2017
Elizabeth Smart was quick to point out in her film that she did not suffer from Stockholm Syndrome, nor did she ever identify or sympathize with her captors. She did, however; at times succumb to their threats to kill her and her family members. This fear caused her to remain silent in certain situations but under no circumstance should she be blamed for not escaping when others think she should have.
Elizabeth Smart was 14-years-old when a violent, sexual predator abducted her from her bedroom then raped her nearly every day.
The movie shows how wrong it is for the public to judge another person who is in the midst of a life and de h, and terrorizing situation. Every word or action could trigger a violent response from Barzee or Mitchell or result in starvation and abuse.
No one has the right to tell Elizabeth Smart what she should or shouldn’t have done. There has been enough victim blaming. The only person responsible for Elizabeth’s Smart captivity is her abductors and captors: Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee.