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Cleveland Community Rallies Around Rescued Women

3:38 AM, May 12, 2013   |    comments
These two photographs, courtesy of the FBI, show Amanda Berry, left, and Georgina DeJesus, who went missing as teenagers about a decade ago and were found alive Monday in a residential area of Cleveland.(Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
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CLEVELAND (WKYC) -- People are sending money to the women recently freed from a decade of captivity.

The donations for the victims' compensation fund are getting sorted through lawyers, as a city councilman calls for an audit of the Cleveland Missing Persons reports.

Meantime, the community held a vigil Saturday to support Michelle Knight.

Knight went missing in 2002 from a west side neighborhood. On Monday, she was found with Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus.

The three women were kidnapped and held against their will allegedly by Ariel Castro, 52.
 Castro has been charged with kidnapping and rape. 


Also, a concert benefited them. Noche De Madres headlined the concert at 9 p.m. Saturday on Brookpark Road in Cleveland. $1 from every ticket, drink and food item sold will go to the girls.


Experts say healing is very possible for three women held for nearly a decade in a Cleveland house, but it will take extensive treatment and support. Therapists also recovery is often a long and difficult process.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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