Elizabeth Smart to Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight: Don't blame yourselves
Tina Kaufmann, newsnet5.com
4:18 PM, May 7, 2013
4:19 PM, May 7, 2013
CLEVELAND - Few people can understand what Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus have gone through, being held captive in a house for more than 10 years.
But Elizabeth Smart understands. Completely.
Smart was kidnapped from her affluent home in Salt Lake City in 2002 when she was 14 years old. Nine months later, she was recognized with her abductor just a few miles from her home.
Smart told "Good Morning America" she was "so overjoyed" Berry, DeJesus and Knight were found alive. "It shows there are more happy endings out there."
PEOPLE said Smart told them in an interview she wanted to make sure the three Cleveland women knew what happened to them was not their fault. She is quoted in the publication as reminding the ladies they have "worth" and are "valuable."
Smart, who was forced to be a sex slave when she was abducted, is now happily married and serves as an advocate for missing and exploited children.
Another piece of advice Smart had for the Cleveland women is that privacy is of utmost importance and all should stay out of the public eye while trying to rebuild their lives.