CLEVELAND, Ohio –She’s marking two years of freedom.
On this day in 2013, 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.
“This morning I thought, it’s amazing to wake up and not feel like I’m being tortured,” Knight said.
Wednesday, Knight discussed life as a free woman and her journey since the time she was held captive. She also spoke about how she’s using her experiences to help others.
Knight said she just finished writing a new song called “Survivor” about her life and is hoping to write a new book.
“It’s going to be about my future and how I triumphed against everything that happened to me and everything that was holding me down,” she said. “My fears and how I conquered them, because it’s really hard.”
Knight released her first book, “Finding Me,” last year. Berry and DeJesus released their own book, “Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland,” just last month.
Last weekend, Lifetime aired the movie “Cleveland Abduction,” which explores Knight’s story.
Knight said she actually visited a couple of the movie sets and worked closely with some of those involved. She said she hasn’t seen the movie, but plans to watch it one day.
“I had to dig pretty deep to let my emotions go into this movie,” she said. “Because I wanted to give the world something to have hope, courage and strength and know that amongst all the darkness, you can still rise above all that.”
Knight will make an appearance at 5 p.m. tonight at the Music Box Supper Club. There’s a meet and greet with Knight from 5 to 6 p.m., then a dinner from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by an awards ceremony, guest speakers, music and dancing.
Several groups also plan to hold rallies along Seymour Avenue to mark the anniversary of the women’s escape. Castro’s home was actually demolished four months after the escape. Castro took his own life in prison.
Meanwhile, Knight said besides her music and book, she has a boyfriend and is looking into going to school to become a therapist .
“God definitely had a purpose for my life, and it’s definitely helping people,” she said.For a timeline of what has happened since the day the women escaped, click here.