Cleveland Kidnap Victim: ‘I Am Strong Enough to Walk Through Hell With a Smile on My Face’

This video was very touching.


Two months after escaping from a Cleveland house where they were allegedly held captive for about a decade, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight made their first public statement together in a YouTube video released by a public relations firm Monday night. The women say they are on the road to recovery and that they are especially grateful for the donations they’ve received through the Cleveland Courage Fund, which has raised more than $1 million.

In an inspiring, yet heartwrenching statement, Michelle Knight, who went missing in 2002 at age 21, said:

“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 … I will not let the situation define who I am. I will define the situation.”

Gina DeJesus, who was

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