Cleveland Kidnapping Survivors: Where Are They 5 Years Later?

By Elaine Aradillas

It has been five years since Amanda Berry miraculously escaped from a boarded-up Cleveland home and called 911.

“Help me. I’m Amanda Berry,” she told the dispatcher. “I’ve been kidnapped and missing for 10 years. I am here. I am free now.”

Within minutes, Cleveland Police discovered Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who had been chained, tortured and abused along with Berry for a decade. Their captor, Ariel Castro, was convicted for kidnapping and raping the three women and sentenced to life in prison. (He died of suicide a month after he was sentenced.)

Since then, the three women have gone their separate ways and continue to heal from the decade-long trauma.

On Tuesday, Knight — 37 years-old and now going by the name Lillian Rose Lee — released her second memoir, Life After Darkness. Her first memoir, Finding Me, was a New York Times bestseller. In her new book, she opens up about her trauma, depression and relationships.

Cleveland Survivors 2“The whole world had heard the story of how I had been damaged by a filthy older man,” she wrote in her book, excerpted exclusively in this week’s issue of PEOPLE. “Who would ever want me after that?”

Source: MSN

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