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Women in Ohio kidnap case post thank you video on YouTube

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CLEVELAND, OH (WKOW) – Three women, who faced brutal captivity in Cleveland for a decade are breaking their silence with a YouTube video.

A YouTube video was posted late Monday night saying the encouragement from the public, family and friends is helping them restart their lives.

In the three minute video clip, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight show their gratitude for the outpouring of kindness and support from around the nation.

The women decided it was time to speak and deliver these heartfelt messages.  Amanda Berry 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 time to have a normal life."

Gine DeJesus says, "Thank you for the support."

Michelle Knight goes on to say, "Thank you for all your prayers, I'm looking forward to my new life."

Former bus driver Ariel Castro has pleaded not guilty to a 329-count indictment alleging he kidnapped the women and held them captive in his home.

Police say Castro fathered a 6-year—old daughter with Berry and he's accused of starving and punching Knight, causing her to miscarry.

Castro was arrested May 6 after Berry broke through a door of the home to escape.

For the full video of the three women thanking their supporters, click here.

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