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A rally for Michelle

A rally for Michelle

(Cleveland) – There was a rally and march for Michelle Knight today starting outside MetroHealth Medical Center and continuing to seymour avenue, the site of her captivity for twelve years.

Carla Smith says she has started a petition drive to reopen the case of Michelle's son, who was taken from her by county child welfare agents. Smith contends Michelle could not fight to keep her son, because she was being held captive.

Rally organizer Jessie Clark says she wants to let Michelle know Clevelanders care about her, and are sorry she was overlooked for the past 11 years. Clark explains that Michelle probably suffered the most, and was the most abused of the 3 kidnapping victims.

Rally participant Barbara Eubank says we should all be like Charles Ramsey, and get involved when we see something or hear something that doesn't seem right.

The ordeal isn't over for the three women freed from captivity inside a Cleveland house. Therapists say they are now facing a long, difficult recovery.

The women were ages 14, 16 and 21 when they were abducted 10 years ago and held inside the house. They will need counseling to deal with the sexual abuse they suffered. They also are entering a different world from the one they left a decade ago.

Dr. Barbara Greenberg is a psychologist who treats abused teenagers. She compares the former captives' experience to coming out of a coma.

Duane Bowers counsels families with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Bowers says that by spending adolescence in captivity, the victims couldn't develop social and emotional skills they'll need before reintegrating into society.

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