Cleveland Victims: Give Us 'Time, Privacy'

Berry, DeJesus, Knight issue statement thanking community

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted May 13, 2013 4:23 AM CDT

(Newser) – The three women found in Cleveland after a decade of captivity have finally spoken, albeit through an attorney. The spokesman read a statement on the behalf of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight yesterday in Cleveland, thanking the police and the community but asking for "time, space, and privacy," the Plain Dealer reports. All three women were quoted in the statement:

  • Berry: "Thank you so much for everything you're doing and continue to do. I am so happy to be home with my family."

  • DeJesus: "I'm so happy to be home and want to thank everybody for all your prayers. I just want time now to be with my family."
  • Knight: "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."
The women will not be giving interviews or speaking publicly while the criminal case against Ariel Castro, charged with abducting them, continues. Their rep urged people who want to help to seek out "legitimate charities" including the Cleveland Courage Fund.

These undated file handout photos provided by the FBI show Amanda Berry, left, and Georgina Gina Dejesus.
These undated file handout photos provided by the FBI show Amanda Berry, left, and Georgina "Gina" Dejesus.   (AP Photo/FBI, File)
In this Thursday, May 9, 2013 file photo, a Welcome Home sign is posted at a restaurant near a crime scene where three women were held captive for a decade in Cleveland.
In this Thursday, May 9, 2013 file photo, a "Welcome Home" sign is posted at a restaurant near a crime scene where three women were held captive for a decade in Cleveland.   (AP Photo/David Duprey, File)
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