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Cleveland kidnapping victims thank public for support (video)

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 In this video message reintroducing the young ladies held captive for roughly a decade in Cleveland to the world, the three women publicly thank those who searched for them, found them, and talk about the progress they have made since being rescued back in May.

Amanda Berry in the YouTube video she posted late Monday night July 8, 2013, along with the two other Cleveland kidnapping victims.

“Each individual who goes through something like this has their own personal and unique experience,” explains Lanae Holmes, Family Advocacy Specialist at the Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Holmes helps victims who have been recovered reintegrate into society.

“There will be simple challenges, like making decisions for themselves about choices and things they want to do next,” says Holmes.

Some prefer to heal privately with family and close friends, while others – like in the case of Michelle Knight – look to heal by helping others who have been in similar situations.

“I may have been through hell and back, but I am strong enough to walk through hell with a smile on my face and my head held high,” she says. “They can absolutely move forward, they can absolutely move on with their lives and have a very productive life after what they've endured.”

While many survivors will never be able to erase the memories of what happened in the past, this video serves as proof that these young ladies are ready to move forward and begin the next stage of their life.


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