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Offline Rapunzel

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The Mystery of Elizabeth Smart
« on: October 13, 2013, 01:27:02 AM »

The Mystery of Elizabeth Smart
How does she remain so strong after nine months of captivity and daily rape?

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Andrew Klavan

October 11, 2013 - 11:00 am


Elizabeth Smart is making the rounds, flogging her new book My Story (written with Congressman Chris Stewart). Smart is, of course, the beautiful Mormon girl who in 2002 at 14 years old was abducted for nine months by evil lunatic Brian David Mitchell and his wife. Then, miraculously, she was found and reunited with her family. Today, she’s married and says she “couldn’t be happier.” She does good work fighting human trafficking and speaking to sexual abuse survivors.

I’ve always been kind of fascinated with Smart (I’ll read the book and get back to you on it if it’s any good). Her kidnappers dragged her around the country, chaining her up like an animal and raping her daily. And the two questions everyone always asks her are 1) why didn’t you run/call for help and 2) how come you’re not, like, bats**t crazy?

The first question doesn’t mean much to me. Fourteen-year-old-girl, threatened, brutalized, terrified: in the movies, she’d have run away. Real life, not so much. I think anyone with half an imagination can figure that one out.

But that second question — that haunts me. It really does. Nine months of trauma, raped every day, mentally tortured by these demonic lowlifes with their threats and their sick religious delusions. Hell, I know women who’ve been assaulted once and have never gotten over it. I know people whose whole lives are defined by the cruel things that were done to them. I myself just have to hear Smart’s story and I start having angry fantasies about what I’d like to do to Mitchell (hint: it involves a ball-peen hammer and pliers). So how does she, who actually went through this stuff…  how does she live her life without being consumed by rage every day all the time?

She gives answers in her interviews. Her mom told her that being happy was the best revenge. She plays the harp. She rides horses. She has a great family. A great community. She believes in God. She doesn’t dwell in the past.

I believe all that — I truly do — but somehow it doesn’t answer the question, does it? Not fully. Not for me anyway.  I look at Elizabeth Smart and I wonder about what she’s got inside her, that thing that Mitchell couldn’t touch, couldn’t break. Was she born with that?  Or did her parents give it to her? Can it be isolated, taught, shared, cultivated?

In our whiny, victocratic, nurse-your-wounds, therapy-and-drug laden culture, this poised young woman gives you faith there really is a better way. Whatever is in her, it’s an amazing thing, that’s for sure. I just wish I knew what it was!

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Re: The Mystery of Elizabeth Smart
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2013, 01:32:17 AM »
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It might have something to do with the fact that those who tormented her were NOT people whom she expected to love her. They were monsters and their actions had nothing to do with her family and where and how she grew up. I know a very old woman who still has the numbers she was forced to wear burned into her skin decades ago by people who despised her and her family. They killed some of them. And yet she has been a successful business woman, mother, member of the community since she fled here all those years ago. And she is one of the loveliest people I have ever met. I think it has a lot to do with who the tormentor is. People may be able to survive the torment of strangers but almost never the torment of family and those from whom one expected kindness and love.
 


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Re: The Mystery of Elizabeth Smart
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2013, 01:47:01 AM »
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She gives answers in her interviews. Her mom told her that being happy was the best revenge. She plays the harp. She rides horses. She has a great family. A great community. She believes in God. She doesn’t dwell in the past.

Take her at her word.
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