Due to time restraints, and the fact that the Ohio kidnapping/rape/torture case is so horrific, I have not been able to post any articles about it, but I intend to!
In the interim, a fellow soul on the journey of recovery from child rape, death threats, confinement, and long-term sexual abuse, has sent me a link to Elizabeth Smart’s “advice” to the Ohio victims. Once again, the audacity of Elizabeth Smart blows me away….
WASHINGTON (AP) – “Famous kidnapping survivors Jaycee Dugard and Elizabeth Smart have words of wisdom for the three women found this week in Cleveland years after their disappearance.
Dugard was abducted from a California bus stop in 1991 at age 11 and held captive for 18 years in a backyard, where she gave birth to two children conceived by rape. She made an oblique reference Tuesday to the Cleveland case as she accepted an award in Washington from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
“What an amazing time to be talking about hope, with everything that’s happening,” she said in her brief remarks. She urged the hundreds of people at the annual awards gala not to give up on missing children. “Just urge yourself to care,” she said.
In a statement released earlier through her publicist, Dugard said the women need a chance to heal and reconnect with the world. She said that the human spirit is resilient, and that the case reaffirms that people should never give up hope.
Dugard’s mother, Terry Probyn, said in Washington that she understood what the relatives of the Cleveland victims were going through.
“I feel the same relief and the same joy that I felt when Jaycee was returned to me safely after 18 hellish years,” she said. “I never doubted for one minute that I would someday be reunited with my daughter.”
John Ryan, CEO of the center, praised the vigilance of investigators in Cleveland, saying they followed up on tips and never forgot about the missing women.
“There are other missing children out there that are only a phone call away from getting away from their predators,” Ryan said. “I have every hope and confidence that this will lead to future recoveries.”
Ryan said the three women would likely be honored by his group in the future. “I think they’re going to be at the top of the list,” he said.
“In comments Tuesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Smart said she was overjoyed to hear about the happy ending for the Cleveland women, who escaped Monday after being missing a decade. She said the ordeal highlights the importance of the public staying alert and vigilant. She advised the women to focus on moving forward and let go of the past.”…
There was no “happy ending.” This mentality is indicative of what I have written about Elizabeth Smart all along. She either lives in a fantasy world where one day her kidnapping, death threats, confinement, and 1,000 rapes are going to come back to haunt her, and she will then have to deal with it….or she was not so much a victim and she planned, and went along with her “captors,” in order to escape a strict Mormon home, nutty restrictive parents, and harp lessons.
Someone ought to pull Elizabeth Smart out of victim’s advocate groups. I am surprised that, by now, no mental health expert has come forward to admonish her and to demand that she stop trying to “council” child rape, torture, and kidnapping victims. “Let it go,” “move on with your life,” is what the perpetrators tell their victims, and what family members who knew about abuse, and did nothing to stop it, tell the victim.
In my experience, the only people who tell victims to “move on and let it go” are people who were not victims.
“Smart says it’s also important for others to respect the privacy of those women as they recover from the decade-long ordeal.”…
Elizabeth Smart needs to respect the right of victims to react normally after their ordeal. These victims are going to go through hell trying to heal from this. There was no “happy ending.” The day the victims were rescued, was the beginning of a long road of recovery.