The three women who were allegedly imprisoned and sexually abused inside Ariel Castro’s Cleveland house of horrors for years are speaking out through an attorney for the first time since being freed May 6. While the women are appreciative of the support they have received from their community and the nation, they are requesting privacy so they can heal, the Associated Press reported Sunday.
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight thus will remain secluded.
On Sunday, they expressing gratitude for the support of family and community members, while also thanking authorities.
“I am so happy to be home, and I want to thank everybody for all your prayers,” DeJesus said in a statement read by an attorney. “I just want time now to be with my family.”
In her statement, Berry thanked authorities: “Thank you so much for everything you’re doing and continue to do. I am so happy to be home with my family.”
Attorney Jim Wooley said the women must reconnect with their families after being away for a decade, adding they will not do any media interviews until the criminal case against Castro is over, according to AP.
“Give them the time, the space and the privacy so that they can continue to get stronger,” Wooley said.