Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart thought she was prepared for anything.
Smart shared her story and a message of hope Friday evening on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo.
Fifteen years later, Smart, who attended BYU, is an advocate for missing children and has founded the Elizabeth Smart Foundation.
At 14, Smart was a shy girl from a large family and was looking forward to high school.
“No matter how much someone spent putting the pieces back together, you would never be able to because some of them were ground into dust,” Smart said.
Smart’s remarks come about a year after an online petition urging for amnesty for survivors of sexual assault from BYU’s honor code violations that come to light when the students report their assault to the university collected tens of thousands of signatures and led to a protest just outside campus boundaries.