In a new video released by Fight the New Drug, Elizabeth Smart addresses pornography’s role in the nine months she was held captive.
Clips of news coverage from the Smart kidnapping are shown throughout the video, reminding viewers of what people across the nation saw from their living rooms.
But Smart recalls what no one saw. She tells of how pornography influenced her captor.
“It just led to him raping me more, more than he already did, which was a lot,” Smart said. “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.”
In the more than 13 years since Smart’s homecoming, the 28-year-old wife and mother has demonstrated one’s ability to overcome tremendous adversity.
“I have gone on to become an advocate for abuse prevention, an advocate against pornography,” Smart said in the video. “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.”
Fight the New Drug is a nonprofit organization that uses “science, facts and personal accounts” to “provide individuals the opportunity to make an informed decision regarding pornography,” according to its mission statement.