Tuesday, October 26, 2021

A juvenile kidnap victim who was tied up “like an animal” speaks about the battle for mental health

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SEXUAL ATTACK WARNINGS Elizabeth Smart said she “didn’t want to see a therapist” after her traumatic teenage ordeal in which she was kidnapped, tied up and repeatedly raped.

One woman abducted as a child has revealed how difficult she was to accept that she needed help to come to terms with the trauma of the incident.

Elizabeth Smart was only 14 years old when she was removed from her Utah home on June 2, 2002.

She had to hike with a knife by the throat for 3 to 5 hours when her kidnapper Brian David Mitchell led her to a campsite where he and his wife were supposed to rap her.

According to CNN, the teenage girl was sexually abused “at least on a daily basis” and tied up between two trees “like an animal” while she was kept away from her family for months until she was found by authorities in March 2003.

The twisted couple believed they were sent by God to bring the defenseless young girl into a “polyamorous” marriage – although they actually became kidnappers in one of the world’s most famous kidnapping cases.

Now, 33-year-old Elizabeth is an American child safety activist and commentator for ABC News.

She took to Instagram for World Mental Health Day 2021 and shared her struggle to accept the severity of her trauma and urged others to seek help no matter how hard it is to accept the need for it.

She wrote: “After I was rescued by my kidnappers, I did not want to see a therapist, counselor, or doctor. My parents were incredibly worried about me and sought advice themselves.

“They have been told the best thing to do is take care of themselves so that they can help me when I was ready to speak and process my emotions.

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“I think this advice is monumental! And a perfect reason for anyone to take their mental / emotional / physical health seriously!

“There will come a day when someone asks for help, and if you have not taken care of yourself and your health, you may not be able to help others when they really need it.

“Don’t give up, keep trying and believe in miracles.”

If you or someone you know is affected by this story, contact Victim Support free and confidential on 08 08 16 89 111 or visit their website at www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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