Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Three women who police say were held captive in a Cleveland home for roughly a decade have issued a video thanking the public for the encouragement and financial support that is allowing them to restart their lives.
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight broke their public silence in the video posted Monday night on YouTube. None of the women had any visible scars from abuse they say Ariel Castro inflicted on them. Castro has pleaded not guilty to a 329 count indictment in the case.
Knight says she is building a brand new life, adding that she is, "strong enough to walk through hell with a smile" on her face.
DeJesus' parents also expressed thanks for donations to a fund set up to help the women, who went missing separately between 2002 and 2004 -- when they were 14, 16, and 20 years old.
Watch the video below: