- Associated Press - Monday, March 9, 2015

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - A woman who was held captive for nine months will talk about how she overcame adversity during a public presentation at the University of North Dakota.

Elizabeth Smart-Gilmour was taken from her Salt Lake City bedroom in June 2002 at age 14 and held for nine months. She was repeatedly sexually assaulted, was moved from Utah to California and constantly threated with death if she tried to escape.

Since her rescue, she has started the Elizabeth Smart Foundation to protect children and educate them about violent and sexual crimes.

UND officials say Smart-Gilmour’s presentation scheduled for March 30 will emphasize the importance of having hope during difficult situations.

The event is free and open to the public.

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