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Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland


Amanda Berry. Photo Courtesy WEWS.

Why is everyone so focused on Amanda Berry? is it because she had a child? There were 2 other women in that house also. There is really nothing said about Knight. Let's be glad they all got out no matter who got out first.

Room doesn’t go to the Jaycee Dugard place of a victim who surrenders her self-identity to her captor, and then has to win it back. But it helped me understand how difficult it can be to come back from the presumed dead, and how painful the need for explanation can be. Maybe the answers to my questions about what the past decade has been like, day to day, for Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight are none of my business. Maybe my fixation from afar on these life stories can lead to no deep insight. At arm’s length, I’m left only with the lesson I already know, the one I repeat to my children every time a story like this hits the news: Never get into a car with a stranger, because much as I wish it were otherwise, there is evil afoot in our world.

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Amanda Berry - at London, England (2 Pictures)

On Tuesday night, Gina Dejesus and Amanda Berry were among those given 'Hope Awards' by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, which annually recognizes "individuals whose efforts have contributed to making the world a safer place for children."

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- When Ariel Castro kidnapped Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, he stole 10 years from them, along with everything that matters in life. He took their freedom, their families, their time to be young and their time to plan and begin their lives as adults.