Transcript of Online Video ‘Thank You’ from Cleveland Kidnapping Victims Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight

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This morning Hennes Paynter Communications, an PR firm that specializes in crisis management and dealing with public relations related to crises, released a video on YouTube of Cleveland kidnap victims Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight thanking the people of Cleveland, and the wider community. As we know that many people prefer to read than to sit and watch a video, we are making a transcript of the video available here.


According to Hennes Paynter, “Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight would like to say thank you to people from Cleveland and across the world who have offered support to them. They are extremely grateful for the tremendous outpouring of kindness they have received and wished to put voices and faces to their heartfelt messages with this video. The women still maintain a strong desire for privacy and ask that everyone continue to respect their wishes in that regard going forward. Thank you.”

Here is the video, the transcript is below, along with additional information:


The first speaker is Amanda Berry, then Gina DeJesus, followed by Gina’s father, Felix DeJesus, and Gina’s mother, Nancy Ruiz. Then Michelle Knight closes out the video.

According to information that Hennes Paynter posted with the video on YouTube:

The video was filmed on July 2, 2013 at the law offices of Jones Day in Cleveland, Ohio. Visible in the background of the video is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The male off-camera voice heard in the video is that of Howard Fencl (pronounced FEHN-sill), vice president of Hennes Paynter Communications. The attorneys, public relations firm, social media strategist and videographer involved in the production of this video are all working pro bono on behalf of the three women.

For information about the Cleveland Courage Fund, established to help survivors Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Amanda’s daughter, please visit

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Transcript of Online Video ‘Thank You’ from Cleveland Kidnapping Victims Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight

Amanda Berry: First and foremost, I want everyone to know how happy I am to be home with my family and my friends. It’s been unbelievable.

I want to thank everyone who has helped me and my family through this entire ordeal, everyone who has been there to support us. It’s been a blessing to have such an outpouring of love and kindness.

I’m getting stronger each day, and having my privacy has helped immensely. I ask that everyone continues to respect our privacy and give us time to have a normal life.

Howard Fencl (VP at Hennes Paynter): Gina, if you could say something to each and every person out there who contributed money to your funds to help you, what would you say to them?

Gina DeJesus: I would say thank you for the support.

Felix DeJesus (Gina’s father): I’d like to thank everybody who donated to the Courage Fund for these girls, and everybody that donated. I’d also like to thank their families for having so much passions and faith and the strength to go along with us.

Nancy Ruiz (Gina’s mother): I would like, personally, to thank the Courage Fund, everybody in general, and I’m also saying my community, my neighbors — every single one. They know who they are. Awesome.

People…I’m talking to, not just people, but parents in general that does have a loved one missing, please do me one big favor. Count on your neighbors. Don’t be afraid to ask for their help, because help is available.

Michelle Knight: Thank you everyone for your love, support, and donations, which helped me build a brand new life. I just want everyone to know I’m doing just fine.

I may have been through hell and back, but I am strong enough to walk through hell with a smile on my face, and with my head held high and my feet firmly on the ground. Walking hand in hand with my best friend, I will not let the situation define who I am. I will define the situation.

I don’t want to be consumed by hatred. With that being said, we need to take a leap of faith and know that God is in control. We have been hurt by people, but we need to rely on God as being the judge.

God has a plan for all of us. The plan that He gave me was to help others that have been in the same situations I have been in, to know that there’s someone out there to lean on and to talk to. I’m in control of my own destiny, with the guidance of God.

I have no problem expressing how I feel inside. Be positive, learn that it’s important to give than to receive. Thank you for all your prayers. I’m looking forward to my brand new life. Thank you.

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