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Elizabeth Smart weighs in on death of Brooklyn boy

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Few people understand the horror of being abducted better than Elizabeth Smart.

In 2002, a man snuck into her bedroom and took her away as her parents slept in their beds.

Smart was tormented for 9 months before she was found. David Novarro sat down with her and her dad, Ed to talk about what happened to Leiby Kletzky.

The Smarts can't help but remember their own nightmare as they follow the latest developments in the Kletzky case. "I know how I felt during my kidnapping, during my experience, and I never want another child feel that way," said Elizabeth Smart.

Smart was 14-years-old when she was abducted out of her home and sexually abused for 9 months by a handyman that been hired to do work around their house.

Elizabeth and her dad say the Kletzky tragedy can be turned into a lesson on how to prepare for the worst.

"Sadly, there is nothing we can do to rewind the past. But I think we can prepare for the future. I think it is important to talk with your kids," she said.

To help start the conversation, Smart and her family, through their Elizabeth Smart Foundation are promoting the website, www.radkids.org which stands for: Resist Aggression Defensively.

Ed and Elizabeth say it's not about pointing a finger of blame on anyone. Their hearts go out to the Kletzky family but they know this tragedy is having a ripple effect on families throughout the country.

"Our hearts are just broken for this family. I mean losing a child, I don't think there is anything worse in life. And we just want them to know how much we care and how we don't want to see this happen again," adds Ed Smart.

Elizabeth adds, "My advice to children is not to live life in fear, to talk to your parents."

Smart now contributes for Good Morning America and ABC News.

http://elizabethsmartfoundation.org/

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