NASHVILLE, Tenn. - She made headlines when she was snatched from her bedroom at 14 years old. Now, Elizabeth Smart is telling her side of the story.
The now 25-year old is in the mid-state this weekend. She will be discussing her new book that tackles the kidnapping that changed her life. On Friday, Elizabeth will be speaking at the Accelerant January Breakfast Event.
On Thursday night, she sat down for an interview with NewsChannel 5, and talked about growing up in the spotlight.
"I'm known across the world as being Elizabeth Smart, the girl who was kidnapped from her bedroom. But that's not me. That happened to me, yes, but that's not who I am alone," she said.
Speaking about her ordeal, she doesn't mince words about making sure other kids know to do whatever they can to protect themselves from a potential kidnapper.
"If someone's trying to grab them, and pull them into a car, they need to know it's ok to fight back. It's ok the scream, it's ok to yell, it's ok to scratch that person's eyes out. It's ok to kick them where it counts," said Smart.
This is not Elizabeth Smart's first visit to the mid-state. In August 2012, she spoke about her story of survival at Holly Bobo's high school.
Bobo disappeared without a trace nearly two years ago from her home Parsons.
Smart and her father Ed came to Tennessee to lend their support to the Bobo family. They spoke to a gym packed full of people who continue to search for Holly.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:24 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:24:42 GMT
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