Cleveland Kidnapping Survivors

The Journey of recovering from kidnapping for 10-11 years

The Story of the Cleveland Kidnapping.

Three woman were kidnapped by a man named Ariel Castro. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight, had been held captive for more than 10 years. Castro kidnapped each of the women between 2002 and 2004. Michelle was the first girl at 13 to be kidnapped, Amanda was next and she was 11, then Gina who was 12. Each woman got brutally beaten everyday along with raped. There daily amount of food consist of crackers and bread.

The Great Escape

Berry and DeJesus, along with fellow kidnapping victim Michelle Knight, escaped from Castro’s home in May 2013. The three women were abducted between 2002 and 2004, when they were in their teens and early 20s, and confined for over a decade. Castro had a child with Berry, who gave birth to their daughter during her captivity.

Castro, 53, pleaded guilty in July 2013 to 937 charges relating to kidnapping, torturing and imprisoning the three women. On Sept. 3, 2013, he was found dead in his prison cell after committing suicide by hanging.

Michelle Knight changed her name and appearance to help her become stronger and mentally healthy. It took her a long time to come out and talk about what happened. Meanwhile, the other two girls came right out and talked to reporters about what happened and how talking about it helps them coop. Also, changing their looks and going back to High School has made them stronger. They realize that they need to continue their life and better themselves to over compensate for what had happened for 10 years.