Three women who were held hostage in a house in Cleveland, Ohio for more than a decade have spoken out for the first time, posting a thank-you video on YouTube.
They appeared individually from different locations each thanking the public for the donations and support that have allowed them to start new lives. More than $1 million has been donated to The Cleveland Courage Fund for the three women.
Amanda Berry appears first, followed briefly by Gina DeJesus, her father and mother, and lastly, the longest statement from Michelle Knight (pictured, right), who said “I am strong enough to walk through hell with a smile on my face”.
During the 3:30 minute video, the young women professed their gratitude and said they were doing well since regaining their freedom in May. They also expressed thanks for the respect people have shown for their privacy wishes.
Their rescue occurred after one of the girls called out of the front door asking for help and a neighbor called 911.
(WATCH the video from YouTube)