Cleveland Kidnapping Survivors Thank Police, General Public For Support
The Cleveland kidnapping survivors havenít said a whole lot since they were rescued after approximately a decade of being held against their will, but donít think that silence in any way reflects a lack of appreciation for the general public or law enforcement. In fact, the girls reached out today, on Motherís Day, to offer up statements making it clear just how many warm feelings they have toward everyone who has spoken up and offered a helping hand in the past few days.
Hereís what Amanda Berry had to say, as per PeopleÖ
"Thank you so much for everything you're doing and continue to do. I am so happy to be home with my family."
Hereís what Michelle Knight had to sayÖ
"Thank you to everyone for your support and good wishes. I am healthy, happy and safe, and will reach out to family, friends and supporters in good time."
Hereís what Gina DeJesus had to sayÖ
"I'm so happy to be home. I want to thank everyone for all your prayers. I just want time now to be with my family."
In addition to the individual statements outlined above, the girls also gave a group comment asking for some privacy and reminding everyone they canít speak at length about what happened until after the criminal proceedings against their kidnapper, Ariel Castro, are completely finished. Obviously, thereís a ton of media attention surrounding the girls right now, which has manifested itself in cards, letters, monetary gifts and helping hands, but more than anything else, what the girls needs is to try and regain a sense of normalcy.
The kidnappings in question happened between 2002 and 2004, all in the same neighborhood of Cleveland. Residents of the city periodically searched the neighborhood for the girls and showed up in mass to let the world know they hadnít forgotten, but until Berry was able to alert neighbors earlier this week, there hadnít been any progress on the case for a long time.
Pop Blendís sincerest thoughts go out to the survivors. Hereís to hoping theyíre able to find their own versions of happiness.