Cleveland kidnap victims speak out

Cleveland kidnap victims speak out

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by WCNC.com Staff

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Posted on July 9, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 9 at 10:36 AM

The three women who were held captive for as long as a decade released video statements... thanking the community for its support.

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight escaped from that home just over months ago.

AMANDA BERRY:

First and foremost, I want everyone to know how happy I am to be home with my family and my friends. It's been unbelievable. I want to thank everyone who has helped me and my family through this entire ordeal. Everyone who has been there to support us - it's been a blessing to have such an outpouring of love and kindness.

GINA DEJESUS


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.
Q: Gina, if you could say something to each and every person out there who contributed money to your fund to help you, what would you say to them?
A: I would say thank you. For the support.

GINA'S DAD, FELIX DEJESUS


I'd like to thank everybody who donated to the courage fund for these girls. And - all body, everybody that donated. I'd also like to thank the families. For having so much passion. And the faith. And the strength to go along with us.

GINA'S MOM, NANCY RUIZ

I would like to thank - personally to thank - the courage fund. Everybody in general. And I'm also saying my community. My neighbors. Every single one. They know who they are. Awesome. So people - I’m not just talking to people but 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.

MICHELLE KNIGHT
Thank you everyone for your love, support and donations. Which help me build a brand new life. I just want everyone to know I’m doing just fine.

I may have been through 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.

Walking hand and hand with my best friend - I will not let the situation define who i am. I will define the situation.

I don't want to be consumed by hatred. With that being said, we need to take a leap of faith and know that god is in control.

We have been hurt by people. But we need to rely on god as being the judge. God has a plan for all of us. The plan that he gave me was to help others that have been in the same situations i have been in.

To know that there's someone out there to lean on - and talk to. I am in control of my own destiny with the guidance of god.

I have no problem expressing how I feel inside. Be positive. Learn that it's important to give than to receive. Thank you for all your prayers. I'm looking forward to my brand new life. Thank you.
 

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