Brave Ohio kidnapping victims release video thanking supporters

Their story captivated the world, and now the three women who were imprisoned in a house in Cleveland, Ohio for more than a decade have posted a video online thanking their supporters for helping them rebuild their lives.


by Abi Hooper |
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Above picture: Amanda Berry via Hennes Paynter Communications/XPOSUREPHOTOS.COM

The video is the first on-camera appearance of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight since they were rescued from captivity in a house owned by Ariel Castro - who has been charged with abducting and raping the women.

Gina DeJesus via Hennes Paynter Communications/XPOSUREPHOTOS.COM
Gina DeJesus via Hennes Paynter Communications/XPOSUREPHOTOS.COM

In it, all three women speak about how they have been coping since their release on May 6, and thank the supporters who rallied to their cause.

Amanda, who first alerted police to the women’s whereabouts when she escaped the house with her six year-old daughter – allegedly fathered by Castro, is the first to speak in the video.

'First and foremost, I want everyone to understand how happy I am to be home with my family and my friends. It's been unbelievable,' she says.

Michelle Knight via Hennes Paynter Communications/XPOSUREPHOTOS.COM

She adds: 'I'm getting stronger each day and having my privacy has helped immensely. I ask that everyone continues to respect our privacy and give us to time have a normal life.'

Amanda disappeared in 2003 aged 16. Gina, who was 14 when she went missing in 2004, says to the public, ‘thank you for the support.’

Michelle Knight, who was the first to go missing in August 2002, aged 21, says: ‘Thank you everyone for your love, support, and donations which helped me build a brand new life. I want everyone to know I'm doing just fine.’

She continued: ‘I may have been to hell and back, but I am strong enough to walk through hell with a smile on my face and with my head held high and my feet firmly on the ground.’

The Courage Fund, which was established to help the three victims, has raised more than a million dollars.

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