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Elizabeth Smart Says Porn Added to the “Living Hell” She Experienced in Captivity

Elizabeth Smart was abducted at 14 from her bedroom in Salt Lake City and spent nine months in captivity.

In this chilling testimony, Smart describes the kidnapping and the darkness of the sexual abuse she experienced from her captor. It was the longest nine months of her life, and Smart says pornography added fuel to the fire of his perversion.

“It just led to him raping me more, more than he already did–which was a lot. Looking at pornography wasn’t enough for him. Having sex with his wife after looking at pornography–it wasn’t enough for him. And then it led to him finally going out and kidnapping me. He just always wanted more.”

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“I can’t say that he would not have gone out and kidnapped me had he not looked at pornography. All I can say is that pornography made my living hell worse,” Smart says.

It’s horrible to imagine what Elizabeth Smart went through during those nine months, and we’re thankful for her courage to share her story–and to shed light on the extreme dangers of pornography in our society today.

According to the site Covenant Eyes, By 2017, a quarter of a billion people are expected to be accessing mobile adult content from their phones or tablets, an increase of more than 30% from 2013.

Leaders, let’s speak up about the problem of porn. We need to call attention to this area of darkness and shed the full light of the gospel on it. It’s in our society, in our culture, in our communities, even in our churches. We can’t afford to ignore it.

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Megan Briggs is a writer and editor for churchleaders.com. Her experience in ministry, an extensive amount of which was garnered overseas, gives her a unique perspective on the global church. She has the longsuffering and altruistic nature of foreign friends and missionaries to humbly thank for this experience. Megan is passionate about seeking and proclaiming the truth. When she’s not writing, Megan likes to explore God’s magnificent creation.