Victims Begin Road to Recovery

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CLEVELAND -- After being held captive for more than a decade, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Amanda's young daughter are free, but have a long road to recovery.

Experts say the hellish experiences that the women have endured for more than a decade could be causing them to stay away from the outside world and from re-entering society.

"Survivors of sexual trauma face a very, very difficult road of recovering. I think it's important to understand that the recovery for each survivor and each one of these survivors is going to be individualized and is going to require a lot of support from family, the community and professionals." said Megan O'Bryan.

O'Bryan is the CEO of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. She believes Amanda, Gina and Michelle will need time to heal, mentally and physically, from these unthinkable crimes.

Even though the public may want to know everything that has happened at the house on Seymour Avenue, O'Bryan said rushing these women to talk could cause further damage.

"In a case this high profile, obviously these survivors lost any type of confidentiality already and I would hope as this case unfolds that these survivors have the opportunity to tell their stories in their own time and not be rushed to tell and re-tell the stories publicly," said O'Bryan.

In the past couple of days, memebers of the the Cleveland community and across the country have come together to help these women, but they'll need even more support as more details in this case are revealed.

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