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July 09, 2013

Ohio kidnap victims break silence to say ‘thank you’

The three young women held captive in a Cleveland home for almost a decade are thanking the public for their support in their first public statements since their rescue in May.

Smiling and appear upbeat, Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus speak separately in a three-minute, 30-second video released on YouTube.

"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," Knight says, reading from a statement. "I will not let the situation define who I am. I will define the situation. I don't want to be consumed by hatred."

Read the full story here: USA today