Victims of Ariel Castro honored for bravery
The three victims of Ariel Castro, who spent ten years held captive against their will, were honored for their bravery in Gov. John Kasich's annual courage awards.
The three victims of Ariel Castro, who spent ten years chained and tortured in a Cleveland house were honored for their bravery in Gov. John Kasich's annual courage awards on Monday, Feb. 24.
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight were held captive by Castro for a decade. Their ordeal ended when Berry partially kicked out a door and screamed for help. Charles Ramsey, who was in his house eating a Mcdonald's Big Mac, heard Berry's call and ran out of his living room to help her escape.
Their discovery made national news and they become household names with several TV interviews and book deals.
As Kasich announced the awards, he called them "three extraordinary women who despite having the worst in this world thrown at them, rose above it and emerged not as victims but as victors," according to FoxNewsLatino.
The women hugged Kasich as they received their medals. The audience gave a standing ovation and cheered for more than two minutes.
"It is also a story of three women who found an inner strength and courage that brought them through and sustained them, Kasich said near the end of the ceremony. "No one rescued them, they rescued themselves by staying strong and sticking together."
Castro plead guilty to numerous charges and was sentenced to life in prison plus a 1,000 years for kidnapping, rape and murder. He committed suicide in his cell by hanging himself with a bed sheet. He told a judge during his sentencing that he was addicted to sex and pornography.