(NEW YORK) — On Tuesday’s one-year anniversary of their escape from more than 10 years in captivity, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus will be honored at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s HOPE Awards in Washington, D.C.
On the eve of the event, the two women released statements thanking those who supported them and their families over the last year. The third woman who was held captive in the Cleveland house, Michelle Knight, will not be honored because she was 21 at the time of her abduction. The HOPE Awards focus on exploited children.
Berry decided that “the right place for us to be was with other families who have gone through what our family has gone through,” on the anniversary of their escape. “I want these families to know they will always have a special place in our hearts.”
Both women focused on the past year, during which Berry said that she has “grown.” DeJesus said in a statement that the past 12 months have been “full of healing and hope.”
Neither woman is expected to comment further.
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