“I’m Strong Enough to Walk Through Hell with a Smile on My Face”

The three Cleveland women – Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus & Michelle Knight – who were held captive, raped and violently abused for years by Ariel Castro have largely stayed out of the public eye since they escaped their situation with the help of neighbors and police. But yesterday they released a video expressing their gratitude to supporters who have donated money and shown them love so they could work on re-establishing their lives.

Considering all they’ve been through, they seem to be doing well. And Michelle Knight admits that though she’s been hurt by a fellow human being, she is relying on God to get her through her recovery and stay positive so she can help others. “I may have been through hell and back,” said Knight reading from a prepared statement, “but I am strong enough to walk through hell with a smile on my face and my head held high.”

Watch their three-and-a-half minute video to see the resilience of the human spirit:

(Photo via CBS News)

About Tony Rossi

After graduating from St. John's University in New York with degrees in Communications and English, Tony Rossi found a job at the Catholic media organization, The Christophers, that allowed him to indulge his interest in religion, media, and pop culture. He served as The Christophers' TV producer for 11 years, and is currently the host and producer of the organization's radio show/podcast Christopher Closeup, writer and editor of their syndicated Light One Candle column, and producer/scriptwriter of the annual Christopher Awards ceremony.