Elizabeth Smart praises Penn State for conference

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - October 30, 2012

Smart says the conference is an "incredible opportunity" to change not only how the university community looks at, and works with, abuse victims, but the rest of the country too.

She was the keynote speaker on the final day Tuesday of the inaugural three-day conference.

Smart was kidnapped in 2002 at age 14 and held captive for nine months. Smart says the best advice she received in her recovery is to lead a normal life as a way to punish her captor.

She's now an outspoken advocate for protecting children from abuse through prevention and education.

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