Salt Lake City (ABC News) Elizabeth Smart has shared her story in court, but today she shared details of her kidnapping and rape with a Salt Lake City audience and ABC 4 was the only television station there to see and hear it.
Smart started from the beginning as she addressed the Salt Lake City Rotary Club.
"I remember climbing in bed with my little sister, reading a book and then falling asleep. The next words I heard were - I have a knife at your neck, don't make a sound, get up and come with me."
"My senses were so fuzzy I couldn't believe what I heard."
"I started talking to him I started begging him to let me go."
"He just laughed at me."
"I thought he was definitely going to kill me then and there. And so, I turned to him and said to him if you are going to kill me please do it here so my family can find my remains. And he said, that's not what I am going to do yet."
Instead, Elizabeth said he performed a quick wedding ceremony then raped her.
"He went straight from marrying me to raping me. And after that moment I couldn't fell more worthless and more degraded. It was the worse feeling I could have ever felt."
While it appears Elizabeth is more comfortable sharing her horrific experience with others - it is obvious from the tears she kept wiping away - that the memories are still painful.
"I think my body just shut down because I couldn't handle what I was feeling and everything that was happening."
Elizabeth says she woke up that first night to find her a cable around her leg. And she shared the hopeless feeling that overcame her nine and half years ago.
"Everything that was sharp or could cut through metal was out of reach. So, I thought this is the end. It looks like I am stuck here."
Elizabeth had a purpose in painting this detailed picture. She wanted her audience to understand how bad it was for her - and how important she feels about making sure other children don't face similar horrors.
"I don't want another child to feel like I felt. I don't want another child to feel worthless."
She says the Elizabeth Smart Foundation's wants teach kids how to protect themselves and to teach them that no matter what happens to them - they are special. And she explained that her foundation's goal is to get the "RAD Kids" program - which teaches children self defense and self worth - into every school in the nation.
An ambitious goal - but one she clearly plans on achieving.