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The Three Ohio Kidnapping Victims Release a Video Statement—Watch Here

It’s been two months since the victims of Ariel Castro’s basement of horror escaped, and they’re speaking out for the first time. Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry, and Michelle Knight have released a video thanking the community for their support and asking for privacy at this time.

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In the incredible video, Gina starts by saying, “First and foremost, I want everyone to know how happy I am to be home with my family, my friends.” The three women read carefully from prepared statements, and speak clearly to the camera in this painful video.

Their kidnapper, Ariel Castro, was recently deemed mentally fit for trial. He has plead not guilty to 329 different criminal counts.

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