Kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart talks abductor porn addiction

Child Rape Victim Speaks Up On How Captor’s Porn Addiction Made Her Abduction Worse

In a new anti-porn video, Elizabeth Smart, 28, recalled her terrifying ordeal at the hands of her captor when she was kidnapped and then raped repeatedly over a nine month period back in 2002, the Mirror reports. Smart also blamed her captor’s porn addiction for making her captivity an even worse experience.

Anti-pornography movement Fight The New Drug released the video on Friday. In the five-minute clip, Smart recounted the events starting from the horrific moment she was snatched from her bedroom by Brian David Mitchell in Utah.

Elizabeth was taken to the top of a remote mountain and then brought into a well-hidden campsite where she found Mitchell’s wife Wanda Barzee waiting for them. Once inside, Barzee forced her to change her clothes before Mitchell told her that she is his wife from that point on. Since then her captor repeatedly raped her within a period Elizabeth described as the “longest nine months of her life.”

Brian David Mitchell had porn addiction
Brian David Mitchell enters the federal court house in 2010 [Photo by Colin E Braley/AP Images]

Smart revealed that things got even worse when Mitchell started bringing pornographic material to the campsite, fueling his twisted sexual fantasies and thus motivating him to rape her in ways that are even more depraved. She also said that pornography could have led to her kidnapping as well.

“It just led to him raping me more, more than he already did, which was a lot.

“Looking at pornography wasn’t enough for him. Having sex with his wife after looking at pornography, it wasn’t enough for him.

“And then it led him to finally going out and kidnapping me.

“He just always wanted more. I can’t say that he would not have gone out and kidnapped me had he not looked at pornography. All I know is that pornography made my living hell worse.”

After nine months of captivity, a biker alerted the police after spotting Mitchell with two other people in Utah, leading to Mitchell and Wanda’s arrest.

Elizabeth Smart has been a staunch advocate against pornography and abuse ever since she was returned to her family.

“I have gone on to become an advocate for abuse prevention, an advocate against pornography.

“I witnessed firsthand just how damaging it is. When I take a step back and I look at my life as a whole, I have had a pretty incredible, wonderful life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

“I’m happy now and I couldn’t imagine my life any different from how it is now.”

Wanda Barzee in prison for Elizabeth Smart kidnapping
Wanda Barzee convicted with her husband, Brian David Mitchell, of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart [Photo by Utah State Prison via AP Images]

In the video Elizabeth recalled how the words of her mother inspired her to remain happy despite the horrific ordeal she had gone through.

“What this man has done is terrible,” her mother told her. “It’s wicked and evil, and you can never get those nine months back. But don’t give him one single more minute. Don’t give him any more of your life. Your best revenge is to live a happy life.”

“That was the best advice anyone has given me,” Elizabeth said. “I can be happy and go on with the dreams for my life. Each and every one of us has that choice.”

Smart turned her life around for the better since then, finishing high school and completing an 18-month mission with France as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She remains a member of the Church to this day.

Mitchell is currently serving a life sentence for rape and kidnapping, while his wife Wanda Barzee is serving a 15-year sentence for aggravated kidnapping.

Due to mental health issues, the pair were initially ruled unfit to stand trial. Mitchell’s defense attorneys pleaded not guilty, citing reason of insanity. Before long, Barzee pleaded guilty before the federal court.

[Photo by Colin E Braley/AP Images]

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