She was chained by Aerial Castro for eleven years, defiled against her will for eleven years, eleven years. I can only imagine what can be more torturous, when you know with certainty that your dignity, value and self have been debased. Waking each morning confined in a room.
What would it mean, to know that you are waking up before a man who stole your youthful years, against your will, but even more, stole your freedom, for eleven years.
Eleven years, can be a long time. What happens to you, each morning,each day and each night for eleven years can easily become you. I though Knight and her three colleagues would live prisoners of their past.
But a few months after they were released, Knight yesterday looked stood in the same room with her abductor, and said these words: For you took 11 years of my life away, and I have got it back. I spent 11 years in hell, and now your hell is just beginning. I will overcome all this that happened, but you will face hell for eternity.
From this moment on, I will not let you define me or affect who I am. You will live — I will live on. You will die a little every day
What more is courage than knowing that you are not what happens to you. That even if the world, degrades and devalues you, you are never that valueless, you are what you are, a dignified human being.
All we need is to muster courage, muster the will, forgive, I do not believe in forgetting, but move on knowing you are never what your failures suggest you are.