The three girls who were kidnapped between 2002 and 2004 when they were 14, 16 and 20 years old, have come forward to say thanks and to let supporters know how they were doing since being rescued from their kidnapper Ariel Castro.
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, makes a statement via video. In the video the girls too the time out to thank their many supporters and the people who gave donations through the Cleveland Courage Fund. The fund was set up to help the girls through their path to living independent lives.
Amanda Berry was first to read her statement. (notice her new piercing)
“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. Having privacy has helped tremendously. We ask that you continue to give us our privacy”
A bashful Gina DeJesus, joined by her parents made her statement short, but sweet:
“Thank you for your support.”
Last, but not least, Michelle Knight makes her statement:
“I just want everyone to know that 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. I will not let the situation define who I am. I will define the situation. I’m looking forward to my brand new life, Thank you”
James Wooley, attorney for Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, said the release of the video does not mean that the three women will begin making public appearances or granting interviews any time soon.
“It is important for everyone, especially the media, to understand that the three women still have a strong desire for privacy,” Wooley said. “They do not want to talk about their ordeal with the media or anyone else. This cannot be stated strongly enough.”
Their kidnapper’s trial is set to begin on August 5th. Get this, he has also requested to see Amanda Berry’s daughter.
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