published Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Elizabeth Smart to tell her story of abduction in Georgia appearance

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Child abduction survivor Elizabeth Smart is scheduled to speak in northeast Georgia.

Smart will be the keynote speaker of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County's 11th annual Futures for Kids Gala at 5:30 p.m. today at the Gainesville Civic Center. Tickets are $150.

Organizers say Smart will discuss how she was kidnapped from her home at age 14. Her captors controlled her by threatening to kill her family if she tried to escape. After being held prisoner for nine months, she escaped and was returned to her family.

Smart began the Elizabeth Smart Foundation to prevent crimes against children and wrote a book titled "My Story." The Times of Gainesville reports (http://bit.ly/1a9GXED) that Smart will sign copies of her book after the event.

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