CLEVELAND, OH (WISH) - For the first time since breaking out of a Cleveland home, three women held captive for nearly a decade are speaking to those who have supported them.
Through a crisis communications firm, they posted a YouTube video Tuesday.
The story originally broke May 6 when Amanda Berry escaped from the home where they were being held.
Police then discovered Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight also in the home.
One of their attorneys said they now want to thank those from around the world who have shown them support.
"I'm getting stronger each day, and having my privacy has helped immensely," Amanda Berry said. "I ask that everyone continues to respect our privacy and give us time to have a normal life."
Amanda Berry, who was kidnapped at age 14, has a 6-year-old daughter with Ariel Castro, the man accused of kidnapping and raping all three women.
Michelle Knight was taken when she was 20-years-old.
"I just want everyone to know I'm doing just fine," Knight said. "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 my feet firmly on the ground."
Sitting between her parents, Gina DeJesus said only, "Thank you for the support."
DeJesus was kidnapped at age 16. Her parents said they never gave up searching for her.
The three women went missing between 2002 and 2004.
Ariel Castro, a former bus driver, pleaded not guilty to a 329-count indictment that alleges he kidnapped, raped and held them in his house.
Click here to watch the entire video.
Click here to learn more about or donate to the Cleveland Courage Fund to support Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus.
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