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Three Women Freed From Cleveland House Of Horrors Turn To YouTube To Say: 'Thank You'

09/07/2013 18:32 | Updated 22 May 2015

A heartwarming video has been released showing all three victims from the Cleveland house of horrors.

In their first on-camera appearance, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight appear healthy and happy despite suffering a decade imprisoned by Ariel Castro, who allegedly beat and raped them.

The video, which is three and a half minutes long, was posted on YouTube by Hennes Paynter Communications, the public relations firm that the three young women and their families hired after they were freed from captivity.

In it, all three women thank the supporters who rallied to their cause after they were sensationally freed on May 6.

"First and foremost, I want everyone to understand how happy I am to be home with my family and my friends. It's been unbelievable," Amanda says.

"I'm getting stronger each day and having my privacy has helped immensely. I ask that everyone continues to respect our privacy and give us to time have a normal life."

Kathy Joseph, a lawyer for Michelle said that the three women wanted to 'say thank you to people from Cleveland and across the world, now that two months have passed'.

She said they're being recognized in public, 'so they decided to put voices and faces to their heartfelt messages'.

Michelle, who was Castro's first alleged victim - said to be taken off a street in 2002, put a brave face on her new world.

"Thank you everyone for your love support and donations, which helped me build a brand new life. I want everyone to know I'm doing just fine," she said.

After their release, Amanda returned to her father, who lives in Tennessee. Her mother died - some say of a broken heart - in 2006.

Gina returned to her parents, who never stopped looking for her, and Michelle is living in an undisclosed location. She was estranged from her family and has reportedly had to start a new life on her own.

Here's what the women say on the video:

Amanda Berry:

"First and foremost, I want everyone to understand how happy I am to be home with my family and my friends. It's been unbelievable.

"I want to thank everyone who has helped me and my family through this entire ordeal. Everyone who has been there supportive and it has been a blessing to have such an outpouring of love and kindness.

"I'm getting stronger each day and having my privacy has helped immensely. I ask that everyone continues to respect our privacy and give us to time have a normal life."

Gina DeJesus:

"I would say thank you for the support."

Michelle Knight:

"Thank you everyone for your love support and donations, which helped me build a brand new life. I want everyone to know I'm doing just fine.

"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 with my feet firmly on the ground.

"Walking hand-in-hand with my best friends, I will not let the situation define who I am. I will define the situation. I don't want to be consumed by hatred. With that being said, we need to take a leap of faith and know that God is in control.

"We have been hurt by people, but we need to rely on god as being the judge. God has a plan for all of us. The plan that he gave me is for me to help others that have been in the same situations I have been in - to know that there is someone out ther to lean on and to talk to.

"I am in control of my own destiny with the guidance of God.

"I have no problem expressing how I feel inside. Be positive. Learn that it is more important to give than to receive. Thank you for all your prayers. I'm looking forward to my brand new life."

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