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Elizabeth Smart speaks to Boys & Girls Club

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. -

Elizabeth Smart, the woman who was center of a nationwide search after being abducted from her bedroom 11 years ago, spoke to a Hall County audience on Tuesday about her ordeal.

The child abduction survivor was the keynote speaker of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County's 11th annual Futures for Kids Gala at the Gainesville Civic Center.

Smart discussed how she was kidnapped from her home at age 14. Her captors controlled her by threatening to kill her family if she tried to escape. After being held prisoner for nine months, she escaped and was returned to her family.

Smart began the Elizabeth Smart Foundation to prevent crimes against children and wrote a book titled "My Story." Smart signed copies of her book after the event.

Click on video above for report from FOX 5's Cynné Simpson

The Associated Press contributed to this article

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