“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)

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