Elizabeth Smart's rape at the hands of Brian David Mitchell left the young Utah woman feeling "dirty and filthy and worthless," she recounted Friday.
The woman taken from her home in June of 2002 when she just 14, and held against her will for nine months by Mitchell and Wanda Barzee, is a spectacular role model for anyone. Her poise and pluck sustained her through the awful ordeal of repeated sexual assaults, along with the constant threat of being murdered.
There are so many awful young female icons today. Why does this society revere completely ridiculous people like Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan, when someone like Smart is so inspiring?
The young Mormon woman is now married to Scotsman Matthew Gilmour, and she is finally at a point where she can talk openly about the details of her captivity. Every parent should teach their children the survival skills Smart drew on while being dragged around the mountains against her will.
By keeping a positive attitude and strong will to live, people can overcome the most daunting circumstances in life.