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“I’m Looking Forward To My Brand New Life”: The Cleveland Kidnap Victims Say Thank You To The World
July 9, 2013
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Two months ago, three women escaped from a house in Cleveland where they were held in captivity for ten years.

Now Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight have created a video to thank their neighbours, their friends, and everyone who has helped them since their escape.

All three women specifically thank donors to the Cleveland Courage Fund, which was set up to aid their transition to life as free human beings.

To date, the Courage Fund has received $1.05 million from 9,200 donors.

They also express their gratitude for the privacy they've been granted to rebuild their lives.

Also appearing in the video are Gina's parents, Felix DeJesus and Nancy Ruiz. Nancy gives thanks to everyone who has helped them and their daughter, and delivers a message to anyone else whose loved one has gone missing:

"Parents in general that do have a loved one missing, please do me one big favor," she says. "Count on your neighbours."

Ariel Castro, the 52-year-old man accused of kidnapping, beating and raping the women, faces a 329-count criminal indictment.

This is probably the last time the women will speak publicly for a while, according to James Wooley, the lawyer that represents them.

"It is important for everyone, especially the media, to understand that the three women still have a strong desire for privacy," Wooley told ABC News. "They do not want to talk about their ordeal with the media or anyone else. This cannot be stated strongly enough."

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