Michelle Knight's strength is undeniable. After being kidnapped, abused and held against her will for 11 years, this Ohio woman says that her past does not define her and that it is possible to overcome obstacles that stand in the way as well as not letting “darkness control the light of your life".
In an interview with ABC News, Knight recalled a normal day turned into a nightmare in which he accepted a ride from an acquaintance of his father, Ariel Castro, who offered to teach him some puppies of his daughter who would be at his house.
The 27-year-old woman at the time was forcibly taken by Castro - also known as the Cleveland Monster - who sexually abused, tortured, beat, and even caused several miscarriages while she was kidnapped from her home in Cleveland., Ohio.
"He said, 'You're not going to leave for long,'" Knight recalled of those early days of his kidnapping, which took place in 2002 after he left a cousin's house. "And then she starts undressing. I dropped to the ground begging him to let me go. Begging him, saying, 'I need to get to my son. This cannot happen. '”
Knight would not regain her freedom until May 2013, when she was rescued from Castro's house along with two other young women: Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, both kidnapped when they were 16 and 14 years old, respectively.
Today Knight - also known as Lily Rose Lee - is married and has found her passion: helping others overcome trauma. Her two books are among the most widely read in the United States - they have been included in the New York Times best-seller list - and they tell what happened in her time in captivity and her process of healing and search for happiness.
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