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In Captivity: Victim Speaks Out

MOOSIC — The story in Cleveland, Ohio continues to unfold after three women were found in a home.

Investigators said those women were held captive for a decade or more.

The women told police they were prisoners of Ariel Castro who had help from his two brothers.

Newswatch 16 spoke with Katie Beers by phone Wednesday evening about the situation in Cleveland.

“I was so happy and ecstatic that these women have been found, that they’ve been found safely and that they’ve been rescued and hopefully that they can get the counseling that they need to move toward recovery,” said Beers.

Katie Beers lives in Central Pennsylvania now.

She was just nine years old when she was kidnapped by John Esposito, a family friend in Long Island, New York.

It was 1992, just after Christmas when little Katie was held for 17 days in a tiny underground room.

At times she said she had a chain around her neck.

Beers said she was repeatedly raped before police rescued her.

She has written a book about the experience.

“I knew that I wanted to speak out when I was 10 years old, right after I was released from captivity, so it was something that I always wanted to do. I hope one day, if it will help, these three women and their healing process, that they do speak out or write a book about their experiences,” said Beers.

Beers said she knows despite what the women in Cleveland have been through, despite what she has been through, a happy life is possible.

“I’m married to a wonderful man. I have two beautiful children of my own, so I think that definitely with the right support system, counseling, and therapy, that you can move on,” said Beers.

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