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Women Held Captive For Decade, Speak Out In Cleveland

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The three women held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade are saying thank you to the public for the outpouring of support they received. The women broke their silence for the first time since escaping from the home of Ariel Castro on May 6th. 

Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus have a message for the public. The three women, released a video early Tuesday looking healthy- and expressing hope about the future. Castro, a 52 year old former bus driver is accused of repeatedly abusing the women. He fathered a six year old daughter with Berry. And he allegedly raped Michelle Knight repeatedly and beat her to intentionally cause a miscarriage. But Knight says she won't be consumed by hatred.  DeJesus appeared in the video alongside her parents who thanked the community for their support.. The women also acknowledged the Cleveland Courage Fund -which has raised more than a million dollars to help them build a new future. 

There was no mention of castro in the video. He has pleaded not guilty to 329 charges related to the kidnappings.