The video, immediately and widely picked up by U.S. media, is the first appearance and statement by all three women since their dramatic rescue May 6 drew widespread attention. One of the victims, Amanda Berry, has appeared in photographs since the incident. "It's been a blessing to have such an outpouring of love and kindness," said Berry, reading from a statement in the video.
Gina DeJesus, responding to a question from an off-camera interviewer in the video, thanked financial donors for support. Michelle Knight read from a statement that said: "I may have been through hell and back, but I'm strong enough to walk through hell with a smile on my face."