One quote from a recent interview from Elizabeth Smart is sending chills down everyone’s spine, All I know is that pornography made my living hell worse.”

Brian David Mitchell, kidnapped Smart from her Salt Lake City home in 2002. He took her from her bed, she was only 14 years old at the time. He held her in captivity, keeping her chained up in a dilapidated campsite in the woods a few miles from her home. His wife, Wanda Eileen Barzee, was in on the kidnapping.


Elizabeth Smart

Mitchell raped Smart repeatedly over the next nine months while her family continued to search for her. She was recognized on the street and finally rescued in Sandy, Utah on March 12, 2003.

Smart has become an active child sexual abuse prevention advocate since her kidnapping. She publicly talks about her childhood abductor and the events from her time there. 

She is now speaking openly about the role pornography played in her rape and how it added fuel to the fire, in what she’s calling “the longest nine months of my life.”Elizabeth Smart Overcoming Trauma

The video she’s speaking in was produced by Fight the New Drug, an anti-porn, non-profit group. One of the most powerful points she makes in the video is when she said “I witnessed first-hand how damaging it can be.” Of course she was speaking about pornography.

“Looking at pornography wasn’t enough for him. Having sex with his wife after looking at pornography wasn’t enough for him, he just always wanted more” she said referring to Mitchell, her captor. She never mentions Brian David Mitchell by name at any point in the video.

“My captor was really excited and really kind of amped up about something, and he said, ‘Oh, you know, I have something and I’m going to show it to you, and you have to look at it,” Smart said.

elizabeth smart youthMitchell then pulled out magazines full of hard-core pornography, she said. “It just led to him raping me more, more than he already did; which was a lot,” she said.

“He would just sit and look at it and stare at it, and he would just talk about these women, and then when he was done, he would turn and look at me, and he would be like, ‘Now we’re going to do this,'” Smart said of her captor.

Fight the New Drug, the organization raising awareness on this issue details how pornography changes the brain, is addictive, escalates and affects your behavior.

In the case of Elizabeth Smart, pornography was her worst enemy next to her kidnappers.