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Captive who fled Cleveland home says tearful strangers offer hugs, 'don't know that we are OK'


CLEVELAND — A woman who escaped the Cleveland home where she and two others were held captive for a decade says she's grateful that people still think of them, though getting hugs from well-meaning strangers who recognize them can be uncomfortable.

Amanda Berry tells the Northeast Ohio Media Group ( ) those folks end up crying, and she feels bad for them. She says: "They don't know that we are OK. They are just thinking about what we went through."

Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were abused by Ariel Castro before escaping his shuttered home two years ago. Berry also gave birth to Castro's daughter.

Now DeJesus and Berry are promoting their new book, "Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland." Berry says part of the message is simple: "Watch your neighbors."

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