Her kidnapping was followed closely by millions and her safe return was nothing short of a miracle.
Thursday night Elizabeth Smart shared her remarkable story with Acadiana. Smart was the guest speaker for a special "Hearts of Hope" fundraiser.
Abducted from her bedroom at 14-years-old and held by her captors for nine-long months, Smart shared her story of strength. And after all these years Smart says she's learned to grow beyond the horrific events that happened to her. Smart says she hopes her story can inspire those who have also been sexually abused.
"I am so blessed and I think there are still so many more miracles and happy endings waiting to happen. And one of the best things you can have is hope. So that's why I share my story." Smart said.
Proceeds from the event will go towards three different "Hearts of Hope" charities that help victims of sexual abuse.