Amanda Berry Gina DeJesus Michelle Knight

Three Ohio women who were snatched off the streets as teenagers 10 years ago thanked their supporters in a video released Monday.

Amanda Berry, 27, Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32, were kidnapped as teenagers and held for over 10 years in the dungeon of Cleveland school bus driver Ariel Castro, 52.

The three and a half minute video was posted to YouTube on Monday by a public relations firm, according to UK's Daily Mail. In the video, Berry, DeJesus and Knight thanked their supporters for giving them privacy after the girls were rescued on May 6. Berry had a daughter, now 6, while in captivity.

"First and foremost, I want everyone to understand how happy I am to be home with my family and my friends," Berry said. "It's been unbelievable. I'm getting stronger each day and having my privacy has helped immensely. I ask that everyone continues to respect our privacy and give us to time have a normal life."

Gina DeJusus Michelle Knight speak out

DeJesus (pictured left) said only, "I would say thank you for the support."

Lupe Collins, a DeJesus family friend, said DeJesus was emotionally and mentally traumatized after 10 years in captivity, which left her almost mute. She speaks few words, even to family members, and is afraid to go outside.

Michelle Knight (pictured right) was considered to be a runaway by Cleveland police who stopped looked for her after her disappearance in 2002. She was the first to be kidnapped and the last to be rescued. Her aunt told reporters that Knight was viciously beaten by Castro and required facial reconstruction. Knight appeared to be the least phased by the ordeal.

Knight said, "Thank you everyone for your love support and donations, which helped me build a brand new life.

"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 with my feet firmly on the ground," she said.

Knight added: "God has a plan for all of us. The plan that he gave me is for me to help others that have been in the same situations I have been in - to know that there is someone out there to lean on and to talk to. I am in control of my own destiny with the guidance of God."

Their PR firm, Hennes Paynter Communications, said the women weren't interested in speaking to the media or anyone else (probably a reference to Oprah Winfrey).

Each woman wore makeup and appeared to be healthy. DeJesus and Knight wore their hair cropped short. Both women suffered beatings by Castro who pulled their hair out by the roots.

Castro was taken into custody on May 6 along with his 2 brothers. Charges were later dropped against his brothers who were not involved in the kidnappings.

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  • Video courtesy of Hennes Paynter Communications

    • luVn_liFe…

      Good Morning Sandra! :eggs:

      I seen some of this footage on GMA, lawd they almost had me in tears.
      Im so happy for them,I Pray they continue to thrive

    • luVn_liFe…

      Both women suffered beatings by Castro who pulled their hair out by the roots.
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      :crying1:
      How tragic
      they actually look like they have wigs on,I dont blame them either.they need to conceal a little of themselves

    • Trendsetter

      They look great!

    • Trendsetter

      Castro should be tortured for life

    • http://www.ejb.kitsylane.com The Reverend Priestess Prophetess Pastor Bishop Mother Pope of the Church of BLACK Jeesus Pickachu Tran

      I am da fairy-est ever.

      _____________________

      from a QUEEN to a FAIRY..shyt had me dying :lol:

    • lovezoe

      They look incredible! God is AWESOME! Just Awesome!

    • MsB2u

      This is a sad sad case

    • MsB2u

      This is a sad sad case

    • MsB2u

      I am so glad these women are free

    • http://www.ejb.kitsylane.com The Reverend Priestess Prophetess Pastor Bishop Mother Pope of the Church of BLACK Jeesus Pickachu Tran

      they look good. but this story is soo TRAGIC... CASTRO NEEDS TO FRY

    • lovezoe

      Back to LAHHATL, I have no words for the script that has gone wrong on Rasheeda and Kirk. You got them two hoodrats Mary Jane and Bambi acting like fools. Mary Jane has no shame. She already humped Shaq while he was married. I just couldn't disrespect my marriage like that for a rap career that's never gonna happen. Didn't Bambi say she humped somebody else man on BBWLA?

    • GAGIRL87

      Both women suffered beatings by Castro who pulled their hair out by the roots.
      ___________________________________________________________________

      Sandra I know you serious but...

    • GAGIRL87

      I am so glad these women are free
      _______________________________________________________

      Me too

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      GOD bless them!!!! :woot: I am soooo happy that they are thanking Him!
      ======================
      And this bastard monster was a family friend to one of them. I concur Trend :yes: He doesn't deserve to die one time when he's convicted, he deserves a life of hell...

    • luVn_liFe…

      Trendsetter says: Castro should be tortured for life<----- What he did was so vile and heinous
      Morning TREND
      MsB2u
      TRAN
      loveZOE
      DUBB
      makeyah
      RAZZ
      :hi:

    • Nakeya_j

      Morning Luvin!

    • luVn_liFe…

      @LOVEZOE
      what does this mean--->lovezoe says:Mimi gave the keys back to him in the restaurant because he said he wanted a “head of lettuce”
      :lol:
      I havent watched LHH in quite sometime,but this is hilaiR

    • lovezoe

      Luvn- He wanted some "knowledge" "brain" aka fellatio because he took her shopping and gave her Jose's old car.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPgpRw9tiuM bnatural

      lovezoe says:

      Back to LAHHATL, I have no words for the script that has gone wrong on Rasheeda and Kirk. You got them two hoodrats Mary Jane and Bambi acting like fools. Mary Jane has no shame. She already humped Shaq while he was married. I just couldn’t disrespect my marriage like that for a rap career that’s never gonna happen. Didn’t Bambi say she humped somebody else man on BBWLA?
      -------

      I missed that...did she say that on the show last night or on some blog?

      Anyway, if you look at Kirk body language when he's with the other women, he doesn't look comfortable.... IMO...

      I'm trying to figure out if Scrappy hit Erica or pushed her and she fell...but she did slap him in the face.

      I'm sick of Momma Dee and her antics about Scrappy... :rolleyes: the woman is CRAZY

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      Michelle Knight moved in with Gina DeJesus and her family. And Gina adopted one of Castro's dogs. If that was me, I wouldn't want to see Castro's dogs, much less adopt one. :no:

    • http://www.ejb.kitsylane.com The Reverend Priestess Prophetess Pastor Bishop Mother Pope of the Church of BLACK Jeesus Pickachu Tran

      ONCE again Benzino was the VOICE of reason on the SHOW. HE tried to tell Kirk that all his sha-nad-i-ghans *jose voice* wasn't worth losing his wife... BUT kirk wont tryin to hear that. MONA got kirk lookin like a damn FOOL this season :no: A SHAME what he'll do for a check.

    • luVn_liFe…

      lovezoe says: He wanted some “knowledge” “brain” aka fellatio because he took her shopping and gave her Jose’s old car.

      ~
      ~
      lMaO,I never heard it called Head of Lettuce :lol:

    • lovezoe

      Bnatural - I thought that Bambi had said that last season on BBWLA? I am not 100% sure, though.

    • luVn_liFe…

      Sandra Rose says:Michelle Knight moved in with Gina DeJesus and her family. And Gina adopted one of Castro’s dogs. If that was me, I wouldn’t want to see Castro’s dogs, much less adopt one.
      ~

      ~
      yeah I read that SANDRITA . . :think: I DO Agree with you,i wouldnt want anything to do with him or anything that pertains to him
      Perhaps its some type of therapy.Maybe the PUP was mistreatd,abused or something too?

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      Good morning young ladies and Gents :waves:

      luVn_liFe...
      lovezoe
      bnatural
      Nakeya_j
      GAGIRL87
      < --Doesn't Talk To Strangers MsB2U Pikachu Tran Trendsetter

      Have a great day today!

    • lovezoe

      Benzino does seem to be the only one with sense this season. We also found out why Ariane been on the show this season, she wanna be a singer.

    • http://www.ejb.kitsylane.com The Reverend Priestess Prophetess Pastor Bishop Mother Pope of the Church of BLACK Jeesus Pickachu Tran

      I bet once the camera's stopped rollin' MiMi went on and gave him that "head of lettece" bish aint foolin' nobody :lol:

    • Nakeya_j

      Morning Sandra!!

    • GAGIRL87

      Sandra I wonder how Elisabeth Fritzl is doing, I can't get over her father locking her in a basement for 24 years :no: He raped her and fathered 7 kids with his own daughter just sick.. I wonder how these women will transition back into a normal life? Therapy can only do so much!

    • libra80sbaby

      :yawn: I do not want to be at work :no:

    • http://www.ejb.kitsylane.com The Reverend Priestess Prophetess Pastor Bishop Mother Pope of the Church of BLACK Jeesus Pickachu Tran

      lovezoe says:

      Benzino does seem to be the only one with sense this season. We also found out why Ariane been on the show this season, she wanna be a singer
      ______________

      but the bish can't sing :shrugs: plus she looked as if she had just finished :snort:

    • iyonah

      Good Morning all :waves:

      Glad they are moving forward and in a healthy direction.

    • GAGIRL87

      If that was me, I wouldn’t want to see Castro’s dogs, much less adopt one
      ______________________________________________________________________

      :coffee:

    • luVn_liFe…

      :kiss: GAGIRL87 says: Sandra I wonder how Elisabeth Fritzl is doing, I can’t get over her father locking her in a basement for 24 years He raped her and fathered 7 kids with his own daughter just sick.. I wonder how these women will transition back into a normal life? Therapy can only do so much!

      ~

      ~
      Ga that story was so . . . JUST DAMN! i read the book :no:
      Honestly Most seem to do well after being rescued.
      KaeCee Duggard is foing very well.They day that these three young women wer rescued she was AcceptiNg a Life tiMe acheivement award from JOhn walsh.
      she was very articulate and inspiring :|

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPOUgobWTT0 RAZZLE is the :champ: , not a BEDAZZLED tramp. :nono:

      How about how all of Traci's friends happen to be hoes.....

    • http://www.ejb.kitsylane.com The Reverend Priestess Prophetess Pastor Bishop Mother Pope of the Church of BLACK Jeesus Pickachu Tran

      If that was me, I wouldn’t want to see Castro’s dogs, much less adopt one
      ______________________

      maybe the dog was like a close "friend" to her. Something that gave her comfort :coffee:

    • luVn_liFe…

      :shrug:
      Damn I didnt even comb my hair this morning :(

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPOUgobWTT0 RAZZLE is the :champ: , not a BEDAZZLED tramp. :nono:

      luVn_liFe... says:

      Damn I didnt even comb my hair this morning
      -------
      You sound like my momma :lol:

    • lovezoe

      Razzle- You noticed that too. Good friends at that. Buckeey and Bambi. These chicks vying for their own show.

    • GAGIRL87

      This show is so scripted and fake BUT I tune in sometimes for the foolery.. :whistle: For the love of money (Bone Thugs In Harmony) should be the theme song for LAHHATL

    • Anna

      Sandra Rose says:

      Michelle Knight moved in with Gina DeJesus and her family. And Gina adopted one of Castro’s dogs. If that was me, I wouldn’t want to see Castro’s dogs, much less adopt one.
      ~~~~~~~~~~
      The women were not in the same room together. Wouldn't the dogs have been comfort for them? One woman has a child by him, should she adopt her child out? :coffee:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPgpRw9tiuM bnatural

      Sandra Rose says:

      Good morning young ladies and Gents
      luVn_liFe…
      lovezoe
      bnatural
      Nakeya_j
      GAGIRL87
      < --Doesn't Talk To Strangers
      MsB2U
      Pikachu Tran
      Trendsetter
      Have a great day today!
      -----

      Morning Auntie! :waves:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPOUgobWTT0 RAZZLE is the :champ: , not a BEDAZZLED tramp. :nono:

      So mom's has been married to my step dad for 18 yrs (in november) and she's fed up. to me it's funny, but the situation isn't funny. He been the same way the whole time they been married except he don't curse or drink alcohol anymore. He's on that Trunchable from Matilda steeze 24/7. Luckily he has a soft spot for my son.

    • GAGIRL87

      @ Luvn I didn't know there was a book out there on her story, I'm gonna have to cope it. That story stills does something to me to this day.. His wife knew something she had too..

    • luVn_liFe…

      <------------------

    • Dem Babies Mama Da Bombshell Esq

      Morning & chit :tea:

    • luVn_liFe…

      GAGIRL87 says:I didn’t know there was a book out there on her story, I’m gonna have to cope it. That story stills does something to me to this day.. His wife knew something she had too
      ~
      girlll . . .
      Yeah there's a book,it has pics of her little area :|
      :pc:
      Lemme see if i can find it

    • lovezoe

      So 50 said it was actually the mama tweeting and he leaving most of his money to charities and Chris Lightly daughter.

    • A.J.

      Morning and stuff! :waves: I'll see yall a little later!

    • luVn_liFe…

      One child, Michael, died of respiratory problems three days after birth, having been deprived of all medical help; his body was incinerated by Josef Fritzl on his property
      ~
      ~

      Gaga this almost made my cereal come up just now. :shock:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      lovezoe says:

      So 50 said it was actually the mama tweeting and he leaving most of his money to charities and Chris Lightly daughter.

      ===============
      he is laughable :rofl: :rofl:

      :waves: Good Morning All!

    • Trendsetter

      Good Morning Auntie and Luvn :hi:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPOUgobWTT0 RAZZLE is the :champ: , not a BEDAZZLED tramp. :nono:

      lovezoe says:

      Razzle- You noticed that too. Good friends at that. Buckeey and Bambi. These chicks vying for their own show.
      ---------------
      Dear Mona Scott Young,

      If yew produce a show with the products of Buckeey and Bambi, yew definitely ain't shyt. I will respect your hustle for the money though. But we'on need that hoe shyt broadcasted on our idiot boxes. Bad enuff we got Jose here. These kids are gully-bull. Be a mentor like Yandy said yew were. And buy yourself a nice hydrated wig/weave. Yew ain't broke. You got millions of folks tuned in erry-monday. Tis all I wanted to say. :peace: and :chicken: grease.

    • GAGIRL87

      Why no tears were coming down Rasheeda's face during her exchange with Kirk OR Tracee for that matter. And I could have sworn when her an Kirk were going at, I saw a smirk she almost laughed. Hey I could be wrong but :coffee:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      his body was incinerated by Josef Fritzl on his property

      Who is this?

    • luVn_liFe…

      he leaving most of his money to charities and Chris Lightly daughter.
      ~
      my lord.
      this man is losing it

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      GAGIRL87 says:

      Sandra I wonder how Elisabeth Fritzl is doing, I can’t get over her father locking her in a basement for 24 years
      _________________

      I occasionally Google her name to see how she and her 6 surviving children are doing. They were all given different identities. Elizabeth is 47 now. There are still no pictures of her or her children. I remember when her children saw daylight for the first time ever after they were rescued from the dungeon. And how they were frightened by the sight of cars. :no:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPOUgobWTT0 RAZZLE is the :champ: , not a BEDAZZLED tramp. :nono:

      GA I saw tears :(

    • http://www.ejb.kitsylane.com The Reverend Priestess Prophetess Pastor Bishop Mother Pope of the Church of BLACK Jeesus Pickachu Tran

      he leaving most of his money to charities and Chris Lightly daughter.

      _________________

      :smack: this niggah 50

    • GAGIRL87

      @ Sandra :crying: I remember one of her son's saying he couldn't wait to see & feel rain :no:

    • libra80sbaby

      luVn_liFe... says:

      Damn I didnt even comb my hair this morning
      -----------------------
      I didn't either. Fugg it :tea:

    • lovezoe

      I really think this Kirk/Rasheeda script has gone too far. We all know it's scripted, but my goodness. How can you actually be okay with some hoodrats rub up all on your husband. Does Rasheeda REALLY think that she gone have a rap career?

    • GAGIRL87

      @ Razzle :hug: you sure babes :lol: I saw water welled up in her eyes but nothing feel :/

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      *jacked
      DAVID DOUGHERTY, PRODUCER: President Evo Morales has returned to the Plurinational State of Bolivia after being held in Austria for more than 13 hours after his presidential plane was denied passage through the airspace of France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy. Morales was returning from a trip to Russia, where he participated in energy talks with President Vladimir Putin. While in Moscow, Morales mentioned that Bolivia would be willing to debate and review an asylum request by NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who is suspected to remain holed up in Moscow's international airport. It is suspected that the Bolivian President's comments raised suspicions in the United States that Snowden could possibly have been aboard the presidential plane when it departed, prompting the U.S. to call upon European allies to deny the President and his staff passage through their airspace, forcing them to land in Vienna. The U.S. has refused to comment on the incident involving President Morales's plane, but has admitted to contacting European countries over potential flights that Edward Snowden could be traveling on.

      EVO MORALES, BOLIVIAN PRESIDENT(SUBTITLED TRANSL.): It's true that this is an open provocation against the continent, not just against the president. North American imperialism uses its agents to frighten us and intimidate us. I just want to say that they are never going to intimidate us and they are never going to scare us because we are a dignified and sovereign people.
      ==============
      AND I read yesterday that Cuba is welcoming snowden, and two other countries besides Bolivia, I just can't recall who. :tea:
      Welp Cuba, no visit from me :nono: #iwillkeepmymoney

    • Trendsetter

      lovezoe says:

      I really think this Kirk/Rasheeda script has gone too far. We all know it’s scripted, but my goodness. How can you actually be okay with some hoodrats rub up all on your husband. Does Rasheeda REALLY think that she gone have a rap career?

      ____________________________

      part of me thinks that some of this ish is real....

    • luVn_liFe…

      libra80sbaby says:I didn’t either. Fugg it
      >>>>>>>>>>>>.<<<<<<<<<<<<<

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      :newpost: That Kirk and Rasheeda mess.

    • libra80sbaby

      :offtopic:
      Tank so dayum foine...good Lawd :nun:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPOUgobWTT0 RAZZLE is the :champ: , not a BEDAZZLED tramp. :nono:

      Trendsetter says:

      lovezoe says:

      I really think this Kirk/Rasheeda script has gone too far. We all know it’s scripted, but my goodness. How can you actually be okay with some hoodrats rub up all on your husband. Does Rasheeda REALLY think that she gone have a rap career?

      ____________________________

      part of me thinks that some of this ish is real….
      ----------------
      You think so? I think the three some scene was phony, but I do believe he really cheated on her at some point. Funny that Rasheeda's mom ran over his bike. :rofl: that bish caught fire!