"“I felt like my soul had been crushed. I felt like I wasn’t even human anymore. How could anybody want me or love me or care about me? I felt like life had no more meaning to it.”Elizabeth Smart gives honest report on how it was the teachings of Mormonism that caused her to stay with her captive after he raped her:
“It’s feelings of self-worth. It’s feelings of ‘who would ever want me now?’ I’m worthless. That is what it was for me the first time I was raped."
I think any woman would feel this way, regardless of her religious, or non-religious, belefs.
“I was raised in a very religious household, one that taught that sex was something special that only happened between a husband and a wife who loved each other."
Mormons are not the only ones who teach morals to their children. I personally don't know any parents who teach their children that it's okay to be promiscuous.
"Smart remained in the Church of Latter Day Saints after her 2003 rescue; she attended Brigham Young University and served a mission in France."
These facts speak volumes of that it really has nothing to do with being Mormon. The WP is taking what she said out of context and drawing a conclusion that it's the Churches fault, and that of her parents, for teaching abstinence before marriage.
" Double XX Factor saying that “when we instruct teenagers to dress modestly, abstain from alcohol, never go out alone, and certainly never engage in sex, we’re not actually helping them prevent rape—but we are telling them that when they are victimized, they are partially to blame.” That is absolute BS.
When a young girl is raped, she is robbed of her virginity. She did not willingly give herself to another. He took it from her. She cannot get that back. It is gone. However, it is not her fault. And, Moroni 9:9 does not teach that it is.
Point is: It was NOT the teachings of Mormonism. The headline and article is nothing but hype and are intentionally misleading, aimed to bolster the critics of the LDS Church.