CLEVELAND, United States - Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight have appeared in public for the first time since being rescued from Cleveland’s house of horrors. The three women were held captive for almost a decade by Ariel Castro before being rescued two months ago.
As The Week reports, the three abducted women made a video to thank the community for their financial support. Amanda, Gina and Michelle are using money donors are pouring into the Cleveland Courage Fund. The donations are being used by the three women to help them make a transition into the normal life again. More than 9,000 donors have put around $.105 million in the fund since it was opened.
The video begins with Amanda Berry, 27, thanking all of America for the support. “First and foremost, I want everyone to know how happy I am to be home with my family, my friends,” said Berry. ”I am getting stronger each day and having my privacy has helped immensely.”
Ariel Castro, 52, the man accused of kidnapping and raing the three women, has been charged with 329 criminal counts.