Elizabeth Smart has made TV history by bringing together six fellow survivors of America's most famous abductions.
Smart, who was held for nine months at the age of 14, wanted to unite the women so that they could help Jayme Closs together.
Jayme (13) made national newspapers in October after her parents were murdered in the middle of the night and she was abducted from their home in Wisconsin.
She managed to escape from her abductor Jake Patterson, who held her in a remote cabin for eight days in January.
As a co-survivor, Smart knew exactly what Jayme was going through and wanted to help her & # 39; get ahead & # 39 ;.
Elizabeth Smart has made television history by bringing together six fellow female survivors of America's most famous abductions
Smart, who was held for nine months at the age of 14 before being rescued, was inspired to unite the women and help Jayme Closs.
& # 39; I remember hearing the news and thinking: & # 39; She did it! Another of us got away & # 39;, & # 39; Smart says in the trailer of her new Lifetime program Smart Justice: The Jayme Closs Case.
& # 39; When I got home, my parents were waiting for me. But that didn't happen for Jayme, & she continued. & # 39; Nothing prepares you for kidnapping and nothing prepares you for life afterwards. & # 39;
& # 39; Only a few of us know what it is like and we have to stay together to help Jayme. We want to help her get ahead. & # 39;
The women who have brought Smart together all know what it is like to see the most painful experience of their lives as national news.
Gina DeJesus was 14 when she was kidnapped by Ariel Castro and imprisoned for nine years at his home in Cleveland, alongside Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight. She was rescued in 2013 after Berry escaped and contacted the police.
Katie Beers was only 10 years old when she was abducted by a family friend in 1992 and held in a coffin-sized underground bunker for 17 days.
Alicia Kozakiewicz was abducted by a 38-year-old online predator when she was 13. He raped and tortured her for four days in a basement dungeon, where she streamed the abuse online.
Smart and her fellow survivors became emotional as they discussed both the case of Jayme and theirs
Sarah Maynard was just 13 when she was abducted and detained for four days, bound and attacked in a basement dungeon. Like Jayme's story, she witnessed the horrific murders of her mother and brother. Their bodies were found crammed into a tree.
Kara Robinson was 15 when she was abducted by a serial killer, who tied her to his bed and raped her. She was able to escape in the middle of the night while he was sleeping.
Denise Huskins, the most recent survivor, was abducted, sexually abused and detained for two days for ransom. The police initially called her case a hoax.
& # 39; You've heard the news stories about Jayme, but you're going to hear it like you've never heard. Through our eyes, & Smart said.
& # 39; For the first time ever these great survivors come together. We want Jayme to know she is one of us. & # 39;
During the emotional round table, Smart asks her fellow survivors if one of them has forgiven their abductors.
Smart has become a prominent child safety activist after her own abduction. She was taken out of her house mid-night and detained for nine months
She was accompanied by Sarah Maynard (left), whose mother and brother were killed during her abduction, and Alicia Kozakiewicz, who was kidnapped and raped by an online predator
Denise Huskins (left), the most recent survivor, was kidnapped for two days, sexually abused and detained for ransom. Gina DeJesus (right) was held in a house in Cleveland for nine years
Katie Beers (left) was only 10 years old when she was abducted by a friend of the family and held for 17 days. Kara Robinson (right) was 15 when she was abducted and raped by a serial killer
& # 39; It makes no difference in my healing and how I am progressing, & Huskins replies. Her abductor, Matthew Muller, is now serving a 40-year prison sentence.
& # 39; I really don't want any bad will, because with him in prison he deserves to be behind bars & # 39 ;, she continues. & # 39; Because he can and will harm people again. & # 39;
& # 39; I hated him & # 39 ;, DeJesus says about her abductor. & # 39; It has taken so much energy out of me, so I don't waste energy on someone who is not worth it. & # 39;
Smart then opens up about her own feelings towards her abductors Brian David Mitchell and his wife Wanda Barzee. Mitchell was sentenced to life imprisonment, Barzee was released in September.
& # 39; I never want to see one of my abductors again, I never want them to come close to my family, I never want them to come close to children, & # 39; Smart tells the round table.
& # 39; Because I will never forgive the acts of rape, I will never forgive the acts of abduction. But I have no room in my life to stay mad at them. & # 39;
& # 39; None of us would be sitting here, this had not happened to us & # 39 ;, adds Robinson, whose abductor committed suicide after the police tracked him down.
Smart asked the survivors if they had forgiven their kidnappers. Huskins became emotional when Maynard opened up about her mother's murder during her abduction
& # 39; My family was huge to me, so I just can't understand what you were going through & # 39 ;, a crying Huskins tells her. & # 39; You are amazing and strong and I just want you to know & # 39;
& # 39; This is something that, yes, it will make who you are, & # 39; she continues. & # 39; But it doesn't determine who you are, it shapes you. & # 39;
Smart then asks Maynard, whose mother was murdered during her own abduction, what advice she would give to Jayme.
& # 39; Of course we feel days in which we feel hopeless and want to give up & # 39 ;, she replies. & # 39; I'm sure we all think that way, but we can't. Losing my mother is one of the most difficult things in life. & # 39;
& # 39; My family was huge to me, so I just can't understand what you were going through & # 39 ;, a crying Huskins tells her. & # 39; You are amazing and strong and I just want you to know. & # 39;
& # 39; Knowing that you can never say mommy again, it's the worst thing in the world, & # 39; Maynard continues, bursting into tears.
& # 39; Not only did they die, their lives were taken brutally. It made me become a very strong woman, which made me a very strong mother. & # 39;
Maynard then turns her advice to Jayme and says she is & # 39; someone who does not want to give up & # 39 ;.
Smart gave Maynard a hug after opening up about how her mother's loss forced her to become a & # 39; really strong woman & # 39; to become
Smart brought out some of the missing posters of the survivors, including hers, during her powerful and emotional round table discussion
& # 39; I think that's so important for Jayme to know, for her to hear, & # 39; Smart answers. & # 39; This is a sisterhood that is different from all others. Let's take some time and talk about helping her get ahead. & # 39;
& # 39; I feel that when we are saved, that & # 39; yes, happy ending, it's all over & # 39 ;, literally in the newspapers it was said that – & # 39; happy ending & # 39;, & # 39; Kozakiewicz remembers. & # 39; It's not an end, & # 39; she continues. & # 39; This book does not close and I just disappear. & # 39;
Huskins then revealed that she found it hard not to blame herself and to wonder what else she could have done.
& # 39; Many people have asked me: & # 39; Why didn't you do this? & # 39; & # 39 ;, Adds DeJesus.
& # 39; I was physically chained, but I was also manipulated and told me that if I ran that he would kill me, he would kill my family, & # 39; Smart says to the group. & # 39; Those manipulations were much stronger links than the actual chains with which I was being held. & # 39;
Smart also brings out some of the missing posters of the survivors, including hers.
& # 39; This poster reminds me that this girl, she actually doesn't exist anymore, & # 39; Smart says, looking at a picture of her 14-year-old self.
Beers tells the group that she is a & # 39; traumatized little girl & # 39; before he adds: & # 39; I am not the same child, I am stronger. & # 39;
Smart said she was inspired to create Smart Justice as a way to help Jayme heal after her horrific abduction
& # 39; That man killed that little girl, he didn't kill me & # 39 ;, Kozakiewicz adds while looking at her own poster.
Smart also traveled to Wisconsin to see the remote cabin where Patterson imprisoned Jayme for almost three months.
& # 39; Jayme was here, isolated in the basement of her 21-year-old family driver, imprisoned in the home-made dungeon that he had prepared especially for her, & # 39; Smart says, staring at the house.
& # 39; He even threw a party here for his family at Christmas time, he often did this when people came to the house & # 39 ;, adds journalist Beth McDonough, who accompanied Smart during the visit.
& # 39; He would take her down, lock her up, turn on the radio, so the people at his house couldn't hear her if she tried to make a sound. & # 39;
It was a strategy that DeJesus knew all too well from her years of stay at Castro's house.
Smart also traveled to Wisconsin to see the remote cabin where Patterson imprisoned Jayme for nearly three months (photo)
& # 39; His band would come to practice and if it wasn't his band, then it was his family who came by sometimes, & # 39; DeJesus remembered.
& # 39; He would come up and tell us to be quiet, not to move, and he would open the radio so that the other visitors would not hear us. & # 39;
And Patterson & # 39; s home-made dungeon looked like the underground bunker where Beers was being held by her abductor.
& # 39; My captors had the intention of keeping me indefinitely, & # 39; said Beers, who was only 10 years old at the time of her abduction.
& # 39; In this box-sized box there was a chain where my head would be. There were actually handcuffs on both sides of the bed. He chained me to the wall, so I couldn't move. & # 39;
Looking at Patterson & # 39; s house, Smart couldn't forget her memories of her own horrific kidnapping.
& # 39; People came in and out of the house and never knew she was here, it's frightening, & # 39; Smart said, staring at the remote cabin.
& # 39; It reminds me of the times I came out in public. But because I was veiled and covered, nobody knew anything, nobody said anything. & # 39;
& # 39; It was a real act of courage to escape from this house. & # 39;
Smart Justice: The Jayme Closs Case will premiere on Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.