Elizabeth Smart: 'I Feel So Lucky'

Kidnapping victim says abduction made her grow up
By Elizabeth Wolff,  Newser User
Posted Jun 12, 2008 11:33 AM CDT
Brian Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee, in March 2003 mug shots, were indicted in the spring spring on federal charges on top of the state counts they already face for the 2002 abduction.   (AP Photo/Salt Lake County Sheriff, File)
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(Newser) – Elizabeth Smart was just 14 when she was kidnapped from her bedroom 6 years ago, but says she emerged from the 9-month ordeal unscathed. People profiles the 20-year-old, now a music major at Brigham Young University, who says, "I feel so lucky to be here. From the day I came home, I haven't wasted time looking back."    

"I feel so fortunate that I was able to come through this unscarred. I want to tell other people, 'Don't give up. Miracles do happen,' " she tells the magazine. "I'm not sorry this happened to me anymore, because it made me grow up."