|Michelle Knight in the courtroom August 1st 2013|
As we say in Christiandom, I say also to them and their families, it's time to take back by force all that the Devil stole from you! Take back your life, take back your peace, your joy, and everything else that he illegally took from you so that you are no more victims, but victors! No more defeated, but rising with glorious triumph over death, hell and the grave. No more oppression and affliction, but exuberance, strength and a new opportunity for the highest quality of life that you were wrongfully denied for all these years. You are now back in control, you are in the driver's seat, and that is what I call empowerment!
According to reports, one of the women Michelle Knight was the last one identified after the three Cleveland victims were rescued, and it's certainly no coincidence, she was the last to show herself to the public. She remained in captivity the longest. It is also reported that while in captivity, she suffered a number of miscarriages after their kidnapper beat or starved her while pregnant.
Though she was understandably upset, she had strong words for Castro as she read out her statement in court, just like she did earlier in the month of July 2013 in the video with the other two victims.
She spoke these words directly to him -
Ariel Castro, I remember all the times that you came home talking about what everyone else did wrong and act like you weren't doing the same. You took 11 years of my life away and I have got it back. I spent 11 years in hell. Now, your hell is just beginning. I will overcome all this that happened but you will face hell for eternity. From this moment on, I won't let you define me or affect who I am. I will live on, you will die a little every day as you think about the 11 years and atrocities you inflicted on us. What does God think of you hypocritically going to church every Sunday, coming home to torture us?
I would like to tell you what 11 years was like for me. I missed my son every day. I wondered if I was ever going to see him again. He was only two and a half years old when I was taken. I look inside my heart and I see my son. I cried every night. I was so alone. I worried about what would happen to me and the other girls every day. Days never got shorter. Days turned into nights , nights turned into days. The years turned into eternity. I knew nobody cared about me. He told me that my family didn't care.
It's a miracle they are alive and God deserves all the glory, honour and praise.
Related resources for this article: US News, CNN
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