One of the big crime stories this week has been the escape of three young women who were abducted and held captive for a decade in Cleveland, Ohio. There’s been a lot of focus on the alleged perpetrators in this case, and that’s certainly justified, but the real story here is the strength, persistence, and incredible courage of the victims: Amanda Berry and her daughter, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight.
As more details emerge about their horrific ordeal, the clearer it becomes that these women are not only victims of heinous crimes, they are also heroes in every sense of the word.
So, to recognize their bravery in the face of horrendous circumstances, and in the spirit of Mother’s Day, the below videos capture some of the coverage of them this week, including reunions with family and friends.
It’s also important to remember that, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) 2011 annual report (PDF), approximately 2,000 children are reported missing every day. That’s an estimated 800,000 children per year who go missing across the country.
If you have any information about a missing child, please contact your local police or the NCMEC Call Center at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)
Have a safe weekend and a Happy Mother’s Day!