Elizabeth Smart Talks Moving Forward After Abduction

Smart is joined by expert John Walsh on "GMA" to discuss life after an abduction.
3:07 | 12/02/16

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T1 italics Welcome back to "Gma" and that is sherry papini and her family. Earlier we heard what Sherri went through while held captive for 22 days and her family is looking ahead to a long road to recovery. We spoke with Elizabeth smart, a kidnapping survivor about the case and how to heal. ABC's Paula Faris is here with more and good morning, Paula. Good morning to you, Michael. Elizabeth smart is now 29 years old. She is married and she's an advocate for victims of abuse. She says that sherry papini will probably never go back to Normal and what once was, instead she'll have to create a whole new Normal. It's the case that has America talking. 34-year-old Sherri papini found Thanksgiving morning by the side of the road after being kidnapped and stormed for thee week. Sherri did receive injuries over this three-week period in which she was abducted and held captive. Reporter: Her husband exclusively telling ABC news -- She had a metal -- sorry, a chain around her waist, that is correct, a bag over her head. Reporter: He talked about the moment he told their son that mom was coming home. You know, you know what, buddy, I found mom. And -- Reporter: It's an astonishing and emotional story, one that Elizabeth smart can identify with. She was just 14 years old when she was abducted and held captive for nine months. She asked her what it must be like for Sherri papini right now. It's really important for people to realize that when a survivor comes back, whatever they did, they did to survive. Reporter: Elizabeth telling us overnight what kept her going during her own ordeal. I found my one thing that I could hold on to no matter what that my captors couldn't take away from me or change that was my family and I would imagine that the same would be true for Sherri. I would imagine that she held on to them. She survived for them. Reporter: Longtime victims' advocate John Walsh weighing in on the case and the road to recovery. It's a desensitizing mind-breaking experience. People have to be patient. Patient with these victims because they've been through hell. I would suggest to Sherri to focus on herself, focus on her family, focus on healing. You never go back to Normal. You have to find a new Normal. It's all about finding that new Normal for Sherri but Elizabeth is encouraging sher remember that the best punishment a victim can ever give is to take their life back feeling sorry for one's self only allows the perpetrator to steal for innocencehat's been taken. She'll probably have feelings of anger. It's okay to be mad but you just can't lose hope and knows the family, probably her kids that got her through the ordeal and it'll be her family and kids that will get her through the next couple of steps. I know all of them are happy she's home. So happy for her two young sons. Thank you, Paula. Can you see much more of Sherri papini's story including our exclusive interview with her husband on a special edition of "20/20" tonight at 10:00 P.M. Right here on ABC.

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