Hace más de una década, una noche mientras dormía en su cuarto, el lugar que consideraba "el más seguro en este mundo", se encontró con un extraño que la amenazaba con un cuchillo en la garganta y le repetía que si hacía algún ruido o movimiento la mataría a ella o quien viniera a rescatarla.

Elizabeth Smart fue raptada a los 14 años de edad. Ahora puede contar su pesadilla y escribió su libro 'My Story', casi que por petición popular.

Hay muchas víctimas silentes que no lo hacen y que le pedían a ella que fuera la voz a través de su trágica experiencia, que hoy "no define" su vida, pero que le ha permitido ser una mujer persona.

Smart compartió con Anderson Cooper, de CNN, su historia de rapto y horror

"Hay muchas razones de por qué escribí el libro, había hecho muchas apariciones públicas, discursos y siempre venía alguien a mí y me decía que ellas también habían sido raptadas, abusadas, que su papá trató de venderla, pero que no se atrevían a decirlo, me hacían muchas revelaciones y quería conectarme con esas sobrevivientes, con esas víctimas, quería decirles que estas cosas suceden, pero que esto no te tiene que definir el resto de tu vida si tú quieres".

Elizabeth Smart, quien tiene ahora 25 años y está casada, recordó con Cooper la noche que cambió su vida:

"Cuando yo me despierto en la mitad de la noche, veo a este extraño enfrente de mi cara, con un cuchillo en mi garganta, yo estaba aterrorizada […] Yo crecí en un hogar de felicidad, yo no tenía una definición de lo que era el miedo hasta ese momento".

Cooper le hace recordar cuáles fueron las palabras del agresor en el instante del rapto:

"Tengo un cuchillo en tu cuello, no hagas ningún sonido, levántate y ven conmigo [...] Mientras caminaba por mi casa me repetía que si yo hacía algún movimiento o llamaba la atención de lo que estaba pasando no sólo me mataría a mí sino también a la persona que viniera a rescatarme".

"Todo lo que yo pensé fue: estoy siendo raptada y me mataran porque eso es lo que he visto en las noticias con otros niños […] Yo le decía: 'si me vas a matar, hazlo aquí [en mi casa]', yo quería que mis padres supieran lo que había pasado y recuerdo que él me miraba y me decía: 'yo no te voy a secuestrar y matarte aún'".

Elizabeth Smart en su libro 'My Story' relata cómo fue cada uno de sus días en el cautiverio, cómo era obligada a desnudarse, a beber alcohol hasta quedar inconsciente, a sentir hambre, a siempre pensar que estaba al borde de la muerte.

"Uno no puede juzgar a un niño o víctima de una situación como esta de lo que pudo o debió haber hecho y no hizo porque no has estado allí, y no sabes que pasó, y sentarte con los brazos cruzados y decir: '¿por qué no escapó? ¿por qué no hizo esto? [...] Yo tenía 14 años, era una niña pequeña, vi como este hombre exitosamente me secuestró, me cambió, cómo yo iba a pensar que no me iba a matar con todas las amenazas que me había hecho".

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    In this photo taken Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, from left, Elizabeth Smart, Karen Bobo and Clint Smart listen to Ed Smart speak at Scotts Hill High School, in Reagan, Tenn. He encouraged people to keep looking for Holly Bobo. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Alan Spearman)

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    FILE - This is a Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 file photo of Elizabeth Smart as she speaks to reporters regarding her advocacy of child protection and the healing process she has experienced, prior to her presentation at the Child Sexual Abuse Conference, in State College, Pa. Smart was abducted in 2002 and held prisoner for nine months before being reunited with her family. At age 14, Smart was snatched from her bedroom in Salt Lake City, Utah in June 2002 by Brian David Mitchell, who did odd jobs for the family. Tormented over nine months by Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee, Smart was freed after she was recognized in March 2003 while in public with Mitchell and Barzee. He is serving a life sentence and Barzee 16 years in prison. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

  • Elizabeth Smart smiles on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at the Scranton Cultural Center in Scranton, Pa.. Smart was 14 in 2002 when she was kidnapped at knife point from her Utah bedroom, raped and held for nine months. Smart was found in March 2003 after motorists spotted her walking with her captor on a suburban Salt Lake City street. (AP Photo/The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys) WILKES BARRE TIMES-LEADER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

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    Elizabeth Smart talks with a reporter before an interview Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Park City, Utah. Smart said she's elated to hear about three Cleveland women who escaped Monday after they disappeared a decade ago."I am so overjoyed —so happy to hear another happy ending," Smart said Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America", adding that the escape is proof families and victims should not give up hope. Smart was kidnapped from her bedroom in Salt Lake City when she was 14. She was freed nine months later when she was found walking with her captor on a suburban street in March 2003. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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    Elizabeth Smart plays with her dog following an interview Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Park City, Utah. Smart said she's elated to hear about three Cleveland women who escaped Monday after they disappeared a decade ago."I am so overjoyed —so happy to hear another happy ending," Smart said Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America", adding that the escape is proof families and victims should not give up hope. Smart was kidnapped from her bedroom in Salt Lake City when she was 14. She was freed nine months later when she was found walking with her captor on a suburban street in March 2003. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • Elizabeth Smart

    Elizabeth Smart plays with her dog following an interview Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Park City, Utah. Smart said she's elated to hear about three Cleveland women who escaped Monday after they disappeared a decade ago."I am so overjoyed —so happy to hear another happy ending," Smart said Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America", adding that the escape is proof families and victims should not give up hope. Smart was kidnapped from her bedroom in Salt Lake City when she was 14. She was freed nine months later when she was found walking with her captor on a suburban street in March 2003. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • Elizabeth Smart

    Elizabeth Smart looks on before an interview Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Park City, Utah. Smart said she's elated to hear about three Cleveland women who escaped Monday after they disappeared a decade ago. Smart was kidnapped from her bedroom in Salt Lake City when she was 14. She was freed nine months later when she was found walking with her captor on a suburban street in March 2003. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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    FILE - In this Tuesday, May 7, 2013 file photo, Elizabeth Smart prepares for an interview, in Park City, Utah. Smart said she's elated to hear about three Cleveland women who escaped Monday, May 6, after they disappeared a decade ago. “First of all, I'd make sure these young women know that nothing that happened to them is their fault,” Smart recently told People magazine. Smart was kidnapped from her bedroom in Salt Lake City when she was 14. She was freed nine months later when she was found walking with her captor on a suburban street in March 2003. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

  • Wanda Barzee

    FILE - In this February 8, 2010, file photo, Wanda Barzee enters Judge Judith Atherton's court in Salt Lake City, for a competency hearing. More than a decade after her kidnapping and rescue grabbed national headlines, Elizabeth Smart is publishing a memoir of her ordeal. The 308 page book, titled "My Story," is being released by St. Martin's Press on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann, Pool, File)

  • Elizabeth Smart

    FILE - In this May 7, 2013, file photo, Elizabeth Smart talks with a reporter before an interview in Park City, Utah. More than a decade after her kidnapping and rescue grabbed national headlines, Smart is publishing a memoir of her ordeal. The 308 page book, titled "My Story," is being released by St. Martin's Press on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

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    FILE - In this March 12, 2003, file photo, Elizabeth Smart is rushed into an unmarked van from the Salt Lake City Police department and taken to her home, in Salt Lake City. More than a decade after her kidnapping and rescue grabbed national headlines, Elizabeth Smart is publishing a memoir of her ordeal. The 308 page book, titled "My Story," is being released by St. Martin's Press on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Francisco Kjolseth, File) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; MAGS OUT

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    FILE - In this May 7, 2013, file photo, Elizabeth Smart talks with a reporter before an interview in Park City, Utah. More than a decade after her kidnapping and rescue grabbed national headlines, Smart is publishing a memoir of her ordeal. The 308 page book, titled "My Story," is being released by St. Martin's Press on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

  • Brian David Mitchell

    FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2010, file photo, Brian David Mitchell is escorted by a U.S. Marshall as he arrives at the federal court house, in Salt Lake City. More than a decade after her kidnapping and rescue grabbed national headlines, Elizabeth Smart is publishing a memoir of her ordeal. The 308 page book, titled "My Story," is being released by St. Martin's Press on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Colin E Braley, File)

  • Elizabeth Smart

    FILE - In this May 7, 2013, file photo, Elizabeth Smart talks with a reporter before an interview in Park City, Utah. More than a decade after her kidnapping and rescue grabbed national headlines, Smart is publishing a memoir of her ordeal. The 308 page book, titled "My Story," is being released by St. Martin's Press on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

  • Elizabeth Smart

    FILE - In this May 7, 2013, file photo, Elizabeth Smart talks with a reporter before an interview in Park City, Utah. More than a decade after her kidnapping and rescue grabbed national headlines, Smart is publishing a memoir of her ordeal. The 308 page book, titled "My Story," is being released by St. Martin's Press on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

  • Brian David Mitchell

    FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2010, file photo, Brian David Mitchell is escorted by a U.S. Marshall as he arrives at the federal court house, in Salt Lake City. More than a decade after her kidnapping and rescue grabbed national headlines, Elizabeth Smart is publishing a memoir of her ordeal. The 308 page book, titled "My Story," is being released by St. Martin's Press on Monday. (AP Photo/Colin E Braley, File)