Elizabeth Smart to speak at Hearts of Hope event in Lafayette

Elizabeth Smart to speak at Hearts of Hope event in Lafayette
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POSTED: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 9:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 9:04am

Former child abductee Elizabeth Smart will discuss overcoming extreme adversity and not allowing your past to dictate your life's future in Lafayette. 

The event, which is hosted by Hearts of Hope will take place on May 2 at Our Savior’s Church  in Lafayette. 

You can receive tickets to the event with a 50 donation to Hearts of Hope. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and the program starts at 6:30 p.m. 

The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Elizabeth was abducted on June 5, 2002 and her captors had controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. Fortunately, the police safely returned Elizabeth back to her family on March 12, 2003 after being held prisoner for 9 months. Through this traumatic experience Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs and National legislation. Elizabeth triumphantly testified before her captor and the world about the very private nightmare she suffered during her abduction, which lead to conviction. Elizabeth is currently involved in the “Elizabeth Smart Foundation”, and she has helped promote The National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions.

Elizabeth’s example and life now is a daily demonstration that there really is life after a tragic event. Her speech not only tells her story, but also discusses topics such as overcoming extreme adversity and not allowing your past to dictate your life's future.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to Hearts of Hope’s three programs- Children’s Advocacy Center, Sexual Abuse Response Center and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners-to continue their mission of reducing the trauma experienced by sexual violence in the Acadiana area.

Tickets are available online at www.theheartsofhope.org.

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