Elizabeth Smart was the keynote speaker for the YWCA's 40th annual Leader Luncheon and Women of Achievement awards ceremony in Rockford on Monday. Hundreds of people attended the event to listen to the survivor speak.
Smart has been in the public eye for nearly twenty years. In 2002, when she was 14 years old, she was kidnapped at knifepoint and abducted for nine months. In that time, she was relentlessly raped and abused. But she survived. Not only that, she thrived, and continues to do so.