Cleveland in the News: Celebrating an Escape, Recognizing the Signs of Captivity

Link to The New Yorker: "What Charles Ramsey and Amanda Berry Knew"
Link to The New Yorker: “What Charles Ramsey and Amanda Berry Knew”

Three young women, believed to be dead a decade after they were kidnapped, are now free in Cleveland, OH. It is impossible to imagine the deep psychological trauma of being trapped and abused for so long. My heart grieves for the losses they and their families have endured.

Still, joyful celebration is in order.

Celebration that they are safe.

Celebration that they’ve been reunited with their families.

Celebration that they can begin the process of healing.

Celebration that justice can now be served.

Celebration that a man saw a woman struggling with a door and chose to help her.

And hope that their futures will be bright as they work to rebuild the life which was stolen from them.

“For Berry and the others to be rescued…two things had to happen: she had to never forget who she was, and that who she was mattered; and Ramsey needed to not care who she might be at all—to think that all that mattered was that a woman was trapped behind a door that wouldn’t open, and to walk onto the porch.”

Kidnapped children are not often found alive and well, especially after so many years in captivity. Recognize the signs of someone being held against their will and immediately notify authorities of any suspicious activity.

Link to Evening Standard: "Cleveland Dungeon: three missed chances to rescue women shackled for a decade."
Link to Evening Standard: “Cleveland Dungeon: three missed chances to rescue women shackled for a decade.”
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