“I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m that chewed up piece of gum, nobody re-chews a piece of gum, you throw it away.’ And that’s how easy it is to feel like you no longer have worth, you no longer have value. Why would it even be worth screaming out? Why would it even make a difference if you are rescued? Your life still has no value. … [Kids should know] you will always have value and nothing can change that.”
– Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped at 14, held captive and raped for nine months, spoke recently at Johns Hopkins University on a forum about human trafficking. Here she is explaining why she didn’t run after her captor raped her, which he did daily during her entire ordeal. As the now-25-year-old told Johns Hopkins, she was raised in a religious family and had learned from abstinence-only education that a person whose virginity has been ‘sullied’ is worthless. Her mention of chewing gum is not random: A popular teaching in abstinence-only education, “the gum game,” is to compare people to chewing gum: a person who has had multiple partners is just like dirty, grimy gum that’s been chewed over and over again by multiple people. It’s a way of teaching children to feel ashamed and guilty about sex. And while positing sex before marriage as “slutty” could mess up anyone, for rape victims like Elizabeth Smart, it’s enough to make someone feel like worthless trash. [Christian Science Monitor] [Photo: Getty]
Kidnapping — or publicity stunt? Tareq Salahi of Bravo’s now-cancelled “The Real Housewives of D.C.” claims his wife Michaele Salahi, one-half of the White House party-crashing duo, has been abducted. TMZ reports that Michaele Salahi supposedly left for a hair appointment yesterday, but never made it there and never returned. He claims he got a phone call from his wife from an unfamiliar phone number late last night and she told him she was headed to her mother’s house; when Tareq called Michaele’s mother, she said they had not spoken. Now he is afraid Michaele Salahi has been kidnapped and contacted the police. Police reportedly told him that Michaele already contacted them and said she refuses to go home to Tareq because of “family problems.” Keep reading »
Now that she’s one of the most famous women in the world, the Dutchess of Cambridge is a prime target for nutters. Kate Middleton had to undergo personal safety training on how to handle a kidnapping. The British Special Air Service, or SAS, trained Middleton on “key survival skills such as noticing anything unusual in routine surroundings, how to react when attacked and how to build a relationship with hostage-takers,” according to the UK’s Sun. Having the glossiest head of hair in the world comes with its risks!
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“I don’t have much to say to you. I know that you know what you did was wrong … You did it with full knowledge. But I want you to know that I have a wonderful life.”
—Elizabeth Smart faces Brian David Mitchell, the man who kidnapped her at age 14 and forced her to be his second wife for nine months, at his sentencing yesterday. He received life in prison after being convicted of felony kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity. We are so proud of Elizabeth for being able to say this to him nine years later and for being able to move on with her life and heal. [People] Keep reading »
When actor Jeremy London—Griffin on “Party of Five,” not his twin brother Jason who played Randall in “Dazed and Confused”—claimed over the summer that he had been kidnapped for five hours and “forced to smoke dope,” we thought it seemed kind of suspect. Especially when Jeremy, who has had addiction issues in the past, claimed that his kidnappers said, “Hit this! Hit this or I’m gonna kill you!” But it looks like Jeremy might have been telling the truth. Brandon Adams has plead guilty to charges of false imprisonment and unlawfully taking London’s car. Which sounds a little different to me than saying, “I kidnapped this guy and made him do drugs,” but shows that there was a lot of truth to Jeremy’s story. Keep reading »
Imagine being 23 years old and finding out that your mother is not actually your mother. Devastating, right? Now imagine that you find out that she kidnapped you from a hospital. That’s, like, beyond. This insane scenario is a reality for Nejdra Nance, born Carlina White. The woman she knew as her mother, Ann Pettway, has finally confessed her crime to the FBI.What would possess someone to kidnap a 19-day-old baby and raise her as your own? Ann claimed she had several miscarriages and feared she would never become a mother. Uh, I’m thinking that excuse won’t hold up too well in court. Her err in judgement may earn her life in prison, not to mention the pain she has caused Carlina and her biological family. [People] Keep reading »
Brandon Adams, 26, is currently in in jail with his bail set at $500,000. He’s been accused of kidnapping actor Jeremy London at gunpoint and holding him for 12 hours, forcing him to buy beer and to smoke a pipe. Adams has given his interview about the incident to Radar. “I have six kids, a wife, and another kid on the way,” he said. “I have a lot to lose. He’s not telling the truth about what happened.”
Here’s how Adams’ narration of the night’s events go… Keep reading »
Wow. The more we hear about Jeremy London’s alleged kidnapping, the stranger and stranger the whole thing seems. Here’s what we’ve learned since the initial report: everything went down when Jeremy and his on-again-off-again wife, Melissa London, decided to go for a (romantic?) dinner at Jack in the Box. When they came out, they had a flat tire. Two dudes helped them change it, and then asked for a ride home. Jeremy obliged, but dropped Melissa off first because she felt uncomfortable. That’s when things supposedly got crazy. After Melissa got out of the car, one of the men allegedly pulled out a gun and held it to Jeremy’s head. They supposedly robbed him of an envelope full of cash, and forced him to drive around for 12 hours, threatening to find his three-year-old son, Lyrik, if he didn’t comply. They made him buy alcohol and drop it off with other friends. At one point, they tried to force Jeremy into the trunk, but he talked them out of it. Jeremy claims they did, however, force him to smoke an unidentified drug, screaming, ““Hit this! Hit this or I’m gonna kill you!” Eventually, the men had him drive to one of their sisters’ houses, who helped Jeremy escape. Near the end of the ordeal, the kidnappers supposedly said, “We were just kidding with you.”
Nearly everyone, including us, thought this story sounded highly suspect at first—like Jeremy’s way of explaining away drug use since he’s required to submit to testing to get back custody of his son. So now Melissa has come forward to back up Jeremy’s story. Keep reading »
We’ve all heard the saying, “No good deed goes unpunished” — and that’s proven to be true for 10 Americans who flew down to Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake. Recently the Haitian government arrested a group of 10 Americans, most of whom are members of a Baptist congregation in Idaho, as they tried to take 33 children on a bus into the Dominican Republic. Members of the group say they were just trying to help. But Haiti has charged each American with kidnapping, which, if convicted, carries a possible sentence of five to 15 years in prison, and criminal association, which carries three to nine years.
Yikes. International diplomacy incident, anyone? Keep reading »