Very good article about Elizabeth Smart and others

I found this excellent article called “Elizabeth’s choice: Take path to advocacy or fade into ‘normal’?” It talks about the possibility that Elizabeth will either become a crime victims’ advocate or just have a normal obscure life and marry and have kids or what. It also talks about two crime victims (one case was a shooting, the other a gang rape) that became victims’ advocates. One works as an attorney for crime victims and the other is a public speaker and on the Utah Domestic Violence Council.

5 thoughts on “Very good article about Elizabeth Smart and others

  1. Princess Shantae May 29, 2011 / 7:02 pm

    I don’t think Elizabeth can fade out and just be this normal ordinary person even if she wanted to. She’s been in the spotlight too long and her family has too. I think she’ll kinda have to be an advocate whether its what she wants to do or not.

    • marycarney May 29, 2011 / 11:16 pm

      Which I think is kinda sad – don’t you? The crime itself was horrendous enough, now she will be forever a public person.
      Having said that – she is a lovely and poised young lady, and there is much to be admired in her.

    • Meaghan May 31, 2011 / 1:08 am

      Shawn Hornbeck hasn’t become a public figure. I can think of several other kidnap victims who just faded into the background.

  2. Princess Shantae May 30, 2011 / 9:16 am

    Yeah, its a shame. Like you said what happened to her was terrible, but that’s not the only thing that ever happened to her or will ever happen to her. She didn’t just suddenly start to exist from the night she was kidnapped, and she didn’t stop her thoughts and memories and ideas and hopes for those nine months. In other words, the total Elizabeth Smart is not just the kidnapped girl.

    • marycarney May 30, 2011 / 6:16 pm

      Well said!

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