In the 13 years since Smart was returned to her family, she has become an advocate against abuse and against pornography.
‘I have gone on to become an advocate for abuse prevention, an advocate against pornography.
‘I witnessed firsthand just how damaging it is. When I take a step back and I look at my life as a whole, I have had a pretty incredible, wonderful life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
‘I’m happy now and I couldn’t imagine my life any different from how it is now,’ she says.
Smart says these rapes were highly exacerbated by Mitchell’s use of pornography and that her kidnapping in the first place was due to his obsession.
‘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 him to finally going out and kidnapping me.
‘He just always wanted more. I can’t say that he would not have gone out and kidnapped me had he not looked at pornography.
“He would just sit and look at it and stare at it, and he would just talk about these women, and then when he was done, he would turn and look at me, and he would be like, ‘Now we’re going to do this,'” Smart said of her convicted abductor, Brian David Mitchell.