Elizabeth Smart is bringing together six women who have been abducted as young girls for a round table discussion in order to help others like them.

As “Good Morning America” reports, Smart was abducted from her Salt Lake City home in 2002 by Brian David Mitchell and forced to live with him and his wife in the woods.

She was held captive, chained, and raped by Mitchell for nine months until she was rescued by police officers during a Walmart trip with her abductor in March 2003.

Now, Smart spends her time advocating for victims. Her most recent work is set to premiere this Saturday, April 27, on Lifetime.

The special called, “Smart Justice,” will bring together six other women who also survived abduction to share their stories.

In an Instagram post, Smart explained that they will also be talking about recent kidnapping survivor Jayme Closs.

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I am so excited for this weekend! Make sure you tune to the Lifetime Channel this Saturday evening at 8pm. For the past few months I have been working with the lifetime channel to create “Smart Justice” a show all about what it takes to go from being a victim to a survivor. Each one of these women is a fellow abduction survivor and has gone on to triumph over their pasts and reclaim their lives. We discuss Jayme Closs and what some of the struggles are that she will face ahead. We review the investigation (not what happened to Jayme while in captivity, that is her story to share if she ever chooses to.) We each share our personal piece of advice for Jayme. My hope is that any survivor could watch this and walk away feeling that 1. They are not alone. 2. No matter what they have been through they can over come what has happened. And 3. Life is beautiful and meant to be lived, and just because something bad has happened it doesn’t mean that what happened has to define you.

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As Dearly previously reported, Closs was abducted by Jake Patterson in October 2018 and was held captive for 88 days before she was able to escape and find help on her own.

Patterson also took the lives of the 13-year-old’s parents.

Smart wrote:

I am so excited for this weekend! Make sure you tune to the Lifetime Channel this Saturday evening at 8pm. For the past few months I have been working with the lifetime channel to create “Smart Justice” a show all about what it takes to go from being a victim to a survivor. Each one of these women is a fellow abduction survivor and has gone on to triumph over their pasts and reclaim their lives.

She continued:

We discuss Jayme Closs and what some of the struggles are that she will face ahead. We review the investigation (not what happened to Jayme while in captivity, that is her story to share if she ever chooses to.) We each share our personal piece of advice for Jayme. My hope is that any survivor could watch this and walk away feeling that 1. They are not alone. 2. No matter what they have been through they can over come what has happened. And 3. Life is beautiful and meant to be lived, and just because something bad has happened it doesn’t mean that what happened has to define you.

In a recent interview with “Today,” Smart said this special “was the biggest love letter that we could’ve given Jayme.”

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What a miracle!!! Jayme Closs has been found!!!! I’m so thrilled to hear the news. What has been such a heart wrenching tragedy finally has some happiness in the story. I’m praying for Jayme and all her family that they can have a joyous reunion and as the rest of the country celebrates alongside this happy occasion we all are mindful to give the family their space and privacy on their road to finding a new sense of normal and moving forward. I have no doubt Jayme and her family will forever appreciate the efforts and prayers of the many thousands of people who contributed and kept them in their thoughts and prayers! I hope we may all continue to support and embrace Jayme as she reclaims her life and comes to terms with the reality of her situation. What a brave, strong, and powerful survivor!!!! No matter what may unfold in her story let’s all try to remember that this young woman has SURVIVED and whatever other details may surface the most important will still remain that she is alive. May god bless you Jayme Closs and may we all continue to search for every missing child. #miracleshappen #novictimblaming #hope #findingnormal #survivor #strong #brave

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Smart added:

“This is about her return. This is about what it’s like as a survivor coming back and moving forward.”

Nonetheless, as “Today” reports, Smart’s decision to go through with the documentary was largely criticized, even by Closs’s aunt, who didn’t like the timing of when it will air — which is a month before Patterson’s sentencing.

Smart explained that she believes some have “misunderstood” her intent:

“I think I was probably one of the first people to say to leave the Closs family alone. To let them this time to heal.”

In a piece of advice to Closs, Smart said, “He has stolen 88 days of your life away from you. He has stolen your parents away from you. But don’t give him a single second more. You need to move forward.”

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