Elizabeth Smart

At age 14, Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped from her bedroom and kept for 9 months. She was raped frequently but was lucky enough to be found. Elizabeth is now a mother to a young child.

Elizabeth says that pornography ruined the way her captor treated her. She was assaulted more after her captor looked at pornography.

“It just led to him raping me more, more than he already did — which was a lot,” she says in the video. “Looking at pornography wasn’t enough for him. Having sex with his wife after looking at pornography wasn’t enough for him. Then it led to him finally going out and kidnapping me. He just always wanted more.”

More recently, Elizabeth responded to the idea of “locker room talk.” “The worst part about it is listening to people trying to belittle it, just saying, ‘Well, it’s locker-room talk, it’s locker-room banter.’ Anyone belittling sexual violence, sexual abuse, they’re doing a huge disservice to victims of violent crimes, violent sexual abuse. There’s no justifying it — ever.”

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