Cleveland Kidnapping Survivors: Where Are They Now, 5 Years After Escaping Captivity?

Date May 11, 2018

It’s been five years of freedom for Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight. In May 2013, Berry escaped from Ariel Castro’s home in Cleveland where the girls were abused, tortured, and chained.

She called 911. Shortly afterwards, DeJesus and Knight were rescued as well. Since then, the women have gone their separate ways. But they still continue to recover from trauma.

Where are they now?

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Michelle Knight is now 37 years old. She released two memoirs – Life After Darkness and Finding Me – where she opens up about her depression and trauma.

The woman struggled with having relationships with other people. And she thought she would never find anyone who would want to be with her. But luckily, Knight found love and tied the knot with Miguel Rodrigues in 2016.

Gina DeJesus, the youngest of the victims, is 28. Since her rescue, the woman has been living a quiet life with her family in Cleveland.

DeJesus also joined Northeast Ohio Amber Alert Committee, and she plans to help other kidnapping survivors and provide their families with support services.

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Together with another victim, Amanda Berry, she launched the book Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland.

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The two encourage media to air segments of people searching for their missing friends and family. While being held captive, both watched the news. And the thought that there was someone who was still looking for them gave the women much hope.

Berry, who is now 32, is also raising a girl whom she welcomed in Castro’s home. As she says:

I’m so proud of how much she’s grown as a person. She’s very caring. And a lot of kids her age are not like that, and I find that she is.

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Hopefully, by advocating for finding missing people, the women will help other victims not to give up as well.

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