Life after captivity: Michelle Knight opens up, talks about tattoos she has for ‘every abortion’

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CLEVELAND – More than two years ago, along with Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight escaped after more than a decade of being trapped in the Seymour Avenue home of Ariel Castro.

Knight, 34,  sat down with Newsweek to discuss her time in Castro’s home and how she is continuing to move forward.

She talked about the tattoos she has received since she escaped from Castro’s home and what they represent for her.

She has a teddy bear on her shoulder, something she drew while in captivity. On her leg she has a face that is part skeleton and part flesh.

“This tattoo represents my life from the past and my life in the future. It says, ‘My heart is not chained to my situation.’”

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She also shares the meaning behind the five roses on her arm, each covered in drops of blood.

“Every rose is for every abortion that I had in the house.”

She recalls the years of suffering and never knowing if she would make it another day.

“I couldn’t emphasize enough how much pain it was. And how every day was pure torture: what he did, how he did it or where he did it,” Knight said. “It was hard to control my fear ’cause every day I thought I was gonna die. And if I didn’t die, I was gonna be in pain.”

Knight adds that despite being tortured for 11 years, the last two since her escape have been amazing. She has been able to get over many of her fears and dedicates much of her time to helping others in crisis.

Castro’s home was demolished four months after the escape and he was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years. He took his own life in prison about a month into his sentence.

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