For the first time since they were rescued from Ariel Castro's house in May, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight spoke publicly in a short video posted online early this morning. All three appear separately in the video, offering thanks to their community and talking about moving on with their lives after a decade in captivity. "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," says Knight.
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