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I find Ms. Smart t0 be extremely condescending to other survivors of rape and trauma.
Elizabeth has been quoted in a recent article about her foundation and her public speaking about her “ordeal.”
“Thank goodness it did happen to me and not somebody else, and I can go on and speak on it, and I’ll be fine. I can come home at night, and it won’t haunt me, and it won’t stop me from being happy. But somebody else, maybe not.”
Why does this woman think she is so special? Does she think she is protected by God, but other rape and kidnapping survivors are not? Does Elizabeth Smart think she has some special gift that allows her to “magically” heal from thousands of rapes, trauma, being tied to a tree like a dog, and forced into oral sex with a man while his wife watches…..while other, ‘less fortunate’ survivors of such atrocities are not blessed with this Divine protection?
Elizabeth Smart says:
“Since I can make a difference and people will listen to me when I speak, it’s when I realized I want to make a difference for other people. I have had this pretty horrific experience, but it can open so many doors for me that otherwise wouldn’t have been opened.”
How egotistical. “I” can make a difference. People will listen “to me” when “I” speak. It can open doors for “me.”
Here’s the article you originally clicked to read…….
Elizabeth Smart Raped Up To 1,000 Times, Forced Into Repugnant Sex Acts and Tied to a Tree; But Shows No Sign of Having Suffered Trauma and Never Needed Therapy?
Elizabeth Smart, who says she was raped 3-4 times daily, testified on the stand last week that she was also tethered between two trees “like an animal,” and CNN has reported that she was forced “to watch and participate in sex acts she found repugnant.”
I do not believe for one second that Elizabeth Smart was not affected by her “ordeal.” If she was raped four times a day and forced to watch sex between Mitchell and Barzee, and made to give Mitchell oral sex, then she is either hiding something, totally repressing deep shame, trauma, and emotional distress –or she is lying about what happened to her in those mountains of Utah, and lying about how she got there.
If her account of things are truthful, then no amount of ‘talking to her parents’ will heal what she endured. If she is denying her pain and trauma by pretending that she is so special that she can just ‘move on with her life,’ then she has no right to tell other victims and survivors of rape and trauma that they can also just wave away their pain and suffering. This is something she has publicly professed to other victims. This is NOT OKAY.
“Smart told the jury she thought about running away that first morning, despite the threats against her life and her family. “I didn’t want to spend another day with him. I never wanted to see him again.”
“I never wanted to see him again?” Sounds more like a break-up with a boyfriend than trying to get away from a deranged rapist.
CNN states that E. Smart said that, “He was an unholy hypocrite. There was nothing divine about his mission to steal her in the dark of night and make her his unwilling child bride.”
Hmmmm. Nothing Divine about his mission? Does that reflect that she had gone willingly because Mitchell had duped her into thinking that he had a Divine mission that she would be a part of, and a nice adventure away from the confines of a strict Mormon home? Why would she even say this in the first place? Most people know that kidnapping and rape are not Divine acts of God. Did he originally coax her to willingly go with him because he told her it would be a “Divine mission?”
“Well, nine months of living with him and seeing him proclaim that he was God’s servant and he had been called to do God’s work, and everything that he did to me and to my family is something I know God would never tell someone to do,” she said. (CNN)
Nine months of “living with him?” Not “nine months of captivity?”
CNN also states that she said, ”God would never tell someone to kidnap a young girl from her family’s home in the middle of the night, from her bed that she shared with her sister, from her sister’s side, and continue to rape her and sexually abuse her. … I know he was not called of God because God would never do something like that.”
E. Smart sure talks a lot about God not calling Mitchell to do these things and that he was ‘not of God’ etc etc. Is she trying to convince herself or us? Did E. Smart become entranced by Mitchell when he was invited to her family home and did she believe that he was of God? So much so- that she willingly took off with him the night of the so-called “kidnapping?”
And why was a fourteen year-old girl sleeping in the same bed with her little sister? The Smarts certainly had enough money for two beds. I find this weird.
“Smart was followed by several other prosecution witnesses. The prosecution and defense agreed to what two of the witnesses had to offer, and their testimony was read into the court record as a stipulation. A waitress testified that she often served Mitchell and Barzee and saw them joined by another woman wearing a veil during the late summer or early fall of 2002. Another woman testified her husband briefly brought them home for a night or two; the women were silent but Mitchell smoked cigars and talked religion with her husband, Ada Chestnut said.”
At age fourteen, so many chances for Elizabeth to tell people who she was and to freely walk away. At age fourteen, Elizabeth Smart was not a child anymore.
CNN is reporting that Elizabeth testified that she had wanted to return to Salt Lake City in March of 2003 and told her alleged kidnapper that “the Lord was calling them back to Salt Lake, and Mormon girls in the hills above the city would be potential wives to add to the family.” This doesn’t sound like someone suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. It sounds like someone who has all of their wits about them. If she could come up with this plan, then she very well could have taken her veil off at those restaurants and revealed her true self to the staff and customers.
If Elizabeth Smart was truly a victim of all of this trauma, and of the daily vile and degrading sexual abuse; and if she truly only talked to her parents for therapy and never showed any signs of having suffered trauma… then one day, she will suffer from PTSD, psychosomatic symptoms, fears, phobias, nightmares, sexual dysfunction, and numerous other problems. That is– if she was truly kidnapped against her will at knife point, raped four times a day, tied to a tree for a long period of time, and made to watch vile sex acts between Barzee and Mitchell. Time tells the truth. We’ll see.
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