Rape victim Elizabeth Smart to publish memoir on her abduction
American child activist Elizabeth Ann Smart Gilmour is set to tell her story about being held captive and raped daily for nine months by a onetime homeless preacher.
According to the authorities, Smart, now aged 25, was kidnapped by Brian David Mitchell when she was 14, from her Utah bedroom at knifepoint on June 5, 2002.
Smart, whom the police recovered nine months later when they spotted her walking along a busy street with Mitchell and his wife Wanda Barzee, is said to have waited until Mitchell's sentencing in March 2011 before starting work on the book about her struggle, the New York Daily News reported.
Mitchell was convicted of sexual assault and kidnapping, for which he is serving two life sentences in at a prison in Arizona. Barzee is serving a 15-year sentence.
St. Martin's Press purchased the rights to publish Smart's memoir, which is being written by Chris Stewart, congressman-elect from Utah.
"She has taken a professional outlook on this and is able to talk in an impressive way about these things frankly," the newspaper quoted Stewart as saying.
According to Smart's publicist Christopher Thomas, the book will also focus on how she started the Elizabeth Smart Foundation to help missing and abused children.
"She started the foundation to get her message across, and (a) book was another way to do it," he said.
Smart's memoir will be the fourth book about her abduction. The first, "Held Captive," was written months after police found Smart. The second, "Bringing Elizabeth Home: A Journey of Faith and Hope," was penned by her parents.
The third book, "Plain Sight: The Startling Truth Behind the Elizabeth Smart Investigation," was a more in-depth account of the police investigation by her uncle Tom Smart and journalist Lee Benson.