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A decade after Elizabeth Smart's kidnapping, she is sharing "100 percent" of the intimate details of her 9-month-long nightmare in a new book, My Story.

"I didn't just want to go 10% and sugarcoat the rest," Smart, 25, told CNN.

"I wanted it to be really what happened and what it was like every single day I was there, because I don't think I'm doing anyone any favors by sugarcoating it."

Her motivation for opening up? To acknowledge the "just staggering" fact that one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before age 18.

"I want to reach out to those survivors and those victims," Smart said.

"I want them to know that these things do happen, but that doesn't mean that we have to be defined by it for life. You can move forward and you can be happy."

Case in point? The story that for so long defined her in the eyes of many.

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Elizabeth Smart is a married woman.

"To be in one of her favorite places with her family made for a dream wedding. It's been an absolutely beautiful day,'' her spokesman, Chris Thomas, said of her wedding to Matthew Gilmour. "She is positively radiant. And Matthew couldn’t be happier."

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

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Smart, 24, exchanged vows with Gilmour, 22, in a private ceremony on Saturday afternoon in Hawaii. The couple had been dating for about one year.

The happy couple will go on their honeymoon at an undisclosed location before returning to Salt Lake City, Utah, to begin their married life together.

Smart, who was kidnapped  in 2002 at age 14, only to be found nine moths later, had planned a summer wedding with Gilmour, of Aberdeen, Scotland.

They'd met in Paris, France, when both were doing Mormon mission work, and announced their engagement last month ... and then plans changed.

With media attention keenly focused on the couple, they moved the wedding from a summer date to a secret destination wedding attended only by family.

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Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped by Brian David Mitchell from her home in 2002 at age 14, only to be found nine months later, is engaged, her father Ed confirms.

"We're very excited for her," Ed said Friday. "She told us at home last Saturday."

"I wasn't really surprised. They've been so happy together. We're thrilled. We're looking forward to her moving on to this next stage and leading a very happy life."

Ed, who is staying mum on wedding details, including the groom’s name, says Elizabeth "wants to keep it very private and feels very strongly about that right now."

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The Salt Lake Tribune reports that wedding registries at Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn list an July 1 wedding date for Elizabeth Smart and Matthew Gilmour.

So, that's probably his name.

Chris Thomas, a rep for Elizabeth, says he can't confirm the wedding date or the name of Smart's fiancé, but says, "I know they're looking at a summer wedding."

"There are a lot of details to still be worked out. She's very public in her child advocacy work, but has decided she wants to keep her personal life private."

Congratulations to Elizabeth, her fiance and her family!

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Now helping other kidnap victims with her foundation and in her role as an ABC News contributor covering missing person and child abduction cases, Elizabeth Smart, from experience, has a strong opinion on the disappearance of baby Lisa.

Her mantra: Never give up hope.

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"There's always hope," Smart told People, citing her own example and others as reasons for it. "There's my story, there's Jaycee Dugard's story and Shawn Hornbeck."

Smart, who's also involved in the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, can certainly relate to baby Lisa, the Missouri missing child case currently making national headlines.

"I think she's alive," she said. "She's so young, and I feel like - maybe I'm just an eternal optimist - I always hope that whomever is kidnapped or disappears is still alive."

"I think the most important thing is to press forward with this using as much force and power as you can, and continue search efforts, continuing on, not giving up."

Here's hoping, whatever the odds, that she's right.

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Elizabeth Smart, who was famously kidnapped and held captive for nine months by Brian David Mitchell when she was 14, has signed a deal with ABC.

Smart, now 23, will become a commentator on missing persons and child abduction cases for the network's news programs, and will start very soon.

A spokesperson for Utah native Smart says Elizabeth wants to take the job so she can create awareness about cases involving missing children.

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We wish Elizabeth Smart the best in her journalistic endeavors.

It's amazing how far Smart has come since her traumatic abduction, and it's terrific that she will be lending her name and face to this cause.

At Mitchell's sentencing last month, Smart addressed the court, saying: “I don’t have very much to say to you. I know exactly what you did."

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