Please join Our VOICE of Asheville, NC by Welcoming Elizabeth Smart for "Where There's Hope, There's Healing!"
With all the media focusing on sexual violence in Hollywood, in state politics, on Facebook with the #MeToo campaign, #TimesUp, we need a message of hope. Elizabeth Smart is an internationally
known survivor who carries that message.
Smart’s abduction, described as “one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time,” occurred on June 5, 2002, when she was taken from her home in Salt Lake City at the age of 14 and held prisoner for 9 months. During that time, Smart was exposed to repeated sexual violence. After her rescue, Smart testified before her abductor and in front of the nation, sharing the terrible and private details of her ordeal. This testimonial led to her captor’s conviction.
Since then, she has founded the “Elizabeth Smart Foundation,” the mission of which is to “prevent future crimes against children and to address victims, survivors and families with the resources and community they need to encourage hope and empower their future.”
Smart published the New York Times best-selling book: My Story, and in March 2018 is releasing her new book: Where There’s Hope: Healing, Moving Forward, and Never Giving Up. She was featured on A&E in a two-part series," Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography", which premiered Nov. 12, and in the Lifetime movie "I am Elizabeth Smart", which premiered Nov. 18.
Elizabeth Smart will be here to speak on behalf of empowerment, advocacy, and resiliency. All proceeds from Where There’s Hope, There’s Healing directly support Our VOICE’s 24/7 rape crisis and advocacy services for all people ages 13 and up who have been impacted by sexual violence in Buncombe County. Last year alone Our VOICE served 29 survivors of sex trafficking and attended numerous hospital calls for college students who had been sexually assaulted or raped on campus. Through prevention education in middle, high schools and colleges across the region, Our VOICE also works to prevent sexual violence from happening in the first place.
We hope you will join us in celebrating International Women's Day and welcoming the survivor-turned-thriver Elizabeth Smart!
TICKETS ON SALE FEBRUARY 1, 2018.
General Admission: $25
VIP: $100 (Includes an extended champagne reception, hors d’oeuvres, and a meet-and-greet with Elizabeth Smart, herself!)
Please visit: http://www.ourvoicenc.org/events/special-evening-elizabeth-smart/ to learn more information about Elizabeth's story and find details on the event.