The victims of the horrific Cleveland kidnapping case, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, released a video, thanking the people who have supported them, both emotionally and financially.
The victims of the horrific Cleveland kidnapping case, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, released a video, thanking the people who have supported them, both emotionally and financially. Berry goes first:
"First and foremost, I want everyone to know how happy I am to be home with my family and friends. It's been unbelievable....Everyone who has been there to support us has been a blessing, to have such an outpouring of love and kindness."
Berry then makes a telling request of the general public. Not for money or prayers, but actually a request for non-action:
"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 time to have a normal life."
A normal life is something these girls were deprived of for over a decade by their kidnapper, Ariel Castro. Time with friends and family is what they need most. Any network out there would give them an interview, but there's a reason we haven't heard much from them since the girls were rescued.
Gina DeJesus and her parents go next. Gina simply says "thank you" to everyone who has donated to the
, set up to help the victims of the Cleveland kidnapping. Gina's parents speak more, and her mother, Nancy Ruiz, has words of advice for anyone missing a child, as she was for many years:
"Parents in general that does have a loved one missing, please do me one big favor: count on your neighbors. Don't be afraid to ask for their help, because help is available."
It was a neighbor that ended up rescuing the Cleveland kidnap victims. Without a helpful neighbor, they would still be in the ordeal they were saved from.
Michelle Knight is the last of the Cleveland girls to speak. According to some reports, Knight received the most abuse from kidnapper Ariel Castro. Knight appears both dazed and defiant.
"People know that I have been through hell," she says, "but I am strong enough to walk through hell with a smile on my face."