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'Rape Is the Same Across the Board.' Elizabeth Smart Says Her Kidnapping Is No Different Than Hollywood Sex Abuse

'Rape Is the Same Across the Board.' Elizabeth Smart Says Her Kidnapping Is No Different Than Hollywood Sex Abuse
From TIME - November 10, 2017

Elizabeth Smart, who was abducted at age 14 and repeatedly raped by a man who held her captive, said the brutality she endured is not so different than what dozens of women say they have experienced in Hollywood.

In an interview about I Am Elizabeth Smart, a new television movie on her life, Smart compared her kidnapping conditions to the sexual harassment and assault claims many women have recently made against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and other men in positions of power in the film and television industry.

Rape is the same across the board, whether its a 14-year-old girl being held captive in the mountains or an aspiring actress being groomed or pressured or forced into it, Smart said. Its unacceptable across the board.

After the New York Times published an expose of sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein last month, dozens of women, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Beckinsale, have come forward with claims that Weinstein either harassed, sexually assaulted or behaved inappropriately with them. Through a spokesperson, Weinstein has denied any allegations of non-consensual sex.

Smart, now 30, said shes proud of the wave of women who have spoken out and urged other victims not to stay silent. That is the only way we can make social changes, she said. No individual deserves to be sexually exploited or abused in any way.

In 2002, Smart was snatched from her Salt Lake City bedroom in the middle of the night by an armed man who drugged her, starved her and raped her, sometimes multiple times a day, during the nine months he kept her captive. Smarts abductor, Brian David Mitchell, was convicted of kidnapping and rape and was sentenced to life in prison.

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