Photo courtesy of Heritage School

In 2002, Elizabeth Smart's kidnapping from her bedroom at knifepoint made national headlines, as family, friends, volunteers and police searched for her with no avail. Finally, nine months after her abduction, a local spotted the suspected kidnapper in Sandy and reported it to the police. 

As Smart's captors went to trial, disturbing details about the case came to light. Difficult questions emerged over the proceedings and the sentences Smart's kidnappers would receive, but the hardest question of all: How would Smart recover from this? 

Now, 12 years since her traumatic experience, Smart will share her story with at-risk teens, proving recovery is possible. 

On Feb. 6 at 7 p.m., Smart will speak at Heritage School, a non-profit residential treatment center for teens who are struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, mood and thought disorders, and diagnosis on the autistic spectrum.

All proceeds for this event go toward Heritage School's on-site therapeutic programs. You can purchase your tickets online or by calling 801-226-4663. Heritage School is located at 5600 N. Heritage School Drive, Provo.

If you haven't read Smart's book, or even if it's on your reading list, check out The City Library's review here. Keep an eye out for our interview with Smart in our March issue.