Back in 2002, Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her home and held captive for nine months before being rescued by police. Only a year later, Amanda Berry would go missing for 10 years. It was later discovered that Berry had been kidnapped, held as a sex slave, and forced to give birth to her captor's baby during the ordeal. Now, the two women have met up for an emotional discussion about their trauma and their experiences in an exclusive on Crime Watch Daily.
Both Smart and Berry survived horrors unimaginable to most people. Berry, for example, was forced to deliver the child of her rapist with the aid of another captive. Smart recalls being tied to a tree at a campsite near her home, and even remembers hearing an uncle looking for her, but being unable to call out for help.
"I could sum up my days in three words: boredom, abuse and rape," says Smart, characterizing her situation. "That was my life. There were so many times I felt like this is never going to end."
"He grabbed out his knife that he had kidnapped me with," Smart continues. "He said 'If anyone comes near this camp I will kill them. And if you scream out I will kill you.'"
"There was plenty of days where I felt like not going on," agreed Berry. "Like 'Why, why should I go on?'"
"I really feel like [my daughter is] an angel from my mom, so she has blessed me in a way that I probably can't even explain, like even as I sit here," said Berry, who sees the spirit of her mother in her baby.
Smart and Berry now both work as crime reporters with a focus on child safety. They both want to make the world a less dangerous place for children and work towards bringing hope to other victims.
"For me it's really personal, and hopefully they know that they're not alone, and so there's somebody out there looking for them as well, and they don't give up hope," says Berry.