February 21, 2019

Podcast: What Does Elizabeth Smart’s Father Want Us to Know about Trauma and Action?

Ep. 32 Ed Smart discusses turning trauma into action and the web of sexual exploitation

this year,  Jayme Cross, a 13-year-old girl had been missing for months after a 21-year-old man murdered her parents, duct-taped her wrists and mouth, threw her in the back of his trunk, and drove away. Some 88 days after being abducted, Jayme was able to get out of the house, and run to get help from a woman out walking her dog.

Perhaps few others have as clear of a perspective on this story than the family of Elizabeth Smart—the woman who was abducted for several months in Utah in 2002 at the age of 14.

At the 2015 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit, Elizabeth Smart’s father, Ed Smart, gives a moving presentation about the way sexual exploitation and abuse is interlinked in real-life, and how to turn trauma into action. Ed Smart is now an advocate for child protection, working with numerous nonprofits and has lobbied Congress and the Senate tirelessly to prevent further abductions and to rescue missing children.

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This presentation was given at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s briefing in the U.S. Capitol entitled “The Freedom from Sexploitation Agenda.” To learn more, visit: endsexualexploitation.org/freedomagenda/

Reach out to public@ncose.com if you or someone you know is linked with the military and has a story or strategy for this issue. Anonymous or with full attribution.

Volunteer to help individuals in the sex industry: http://iamatreasure.com/about/locations/

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