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RE: [Provocateurs] Elizabeth Smart blames abstinence-only education

From: Don
Sent on: Thursday, May 16, 2013 3:37 PM

I volunteer at a battered women’s shelter.  One of the main reasons that women do not leave their abusers is a feeling of worthlessness, which supports Elizabeth Smart’s contention.


Don Dodge


-----Original Message-----
From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Anna Smith
Sent: Thursday, May 16,[masked]:23 AM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [Provocateurs] Elizabeth Smart blames abstinence-only education


Absolutely...there are any number of justifiable reasons for her not to escape...including the well known Stockholm syndrome. i don't blame her for that by any means. i just think that it can't all be attributed to the fact that a teacher told her she would be like a used up piece of gum.

--- On Thu, 5/16/13, Lynne <[address removed]> wrote:

From: Lynne <[address removed]>
Subject: Re: [Provocateurs] Elizabeth Smart blames abstinence-only education
To: [address removed]
Date: Thursday, May 16, 2013, 3:21 AM

Anna, the only justification she needs is that she was afraid. Unless you've been in that situation, you don't know how you'll react. -Lynne

On May 15, 2013 10:13 AM, "Anna Smith" <[address removed]> wrote:

Who is "they"? I have never in my life heard a comparison to a stick of gum, or any other metaphor even close to that. In any case, I'm sure she is trying to find ways to justify not escaping in her own mind. It must be terrible guilt to have to deal with.

On Mon, May 13,[masked]:43 AM
CDT Lynne wrote:

>I was watching the Melissa Harris-Perry Show today, and they showed a recent clip of Elizabeth Smart talking about abstinence education. In case you don't remember, she was the teenager kidnapped and raped for months. She was talking about how they teach that a girl is like a stick of gum and sex is being chewed/used and if you are used too many times, no one will want you. So she thought what is the point of trying to escape....she felt worthless. I knew AO was wrong for being ineffective, but I had no idea how truely evil it could be. What a horrible thing to say to girls, and what a terrible message to send to boys about the worth of girls/women.
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