Source: Erin McClam and Mark Stevenson / NBC News
Describing a journey “through hell and back,” the three Cleveland women held captive for a decade broke their silence Tuesday to thank supporters whose love, support and donations have helped them adjust to their newfound freedom.
The women — Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight — appear composed as they speak one by one in the three-minute video, which was recorded last week at a law office and posted overnight to YouTube.
The lengthiest and most defiant remarks come from Knight, who prosecutors say was impregnated by the accused captor, Ariel Castro, and punched in the stomach until she miscarried.
“I may have been through hell and back,” she says, “but I am strong enough to walk through hell with a smile on my face, and my head held high, and my feet firmly on the ground.”
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