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  •  Amanda is a real hero (6+ / 0-)

    and that will probably become more apparent in the days and weeks ahead.  Media reports so far have said she was the strongest of the 3 captives who took care of others as she could and never lost the courage and drive to get out.  Interviews with her friends, family, teachers, etc. all insist she was a very smart, exceptional, courageous girl before her kidnapping.  Those attributes no doubt helped her survive this horrific experience.

    "If you can't take their money, eat their food, drink their booze and then vote against them, you have no business being up there."

    by Betty Pinson on Wed May 08, 2013 at 08:19:15 PM PDT

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    •  Totally agree that Amanda is the hero as well as (3+ / 0-)
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      the other two women, one of whom delivered and saved Amanda's baby's life...after enduring five pregnancies (aborted by beatings) of her own.

      I cannot imagine the horror or the life this child must have endured for the first six years of her life.  When escaped, the child was in diapers.  A six year old!

      •  possibly due to incarceration conditions (0+ / 0-)

        A house with an undeveloped basement, four bedrooms, an attic, and one bathroom.

        Apparently, the women were not confined in the same room although they knew each other.

        They were chained or tied up. How long at a time? Hours? What about the little one?

        In that situation, I'm guessing that none of them had free access to the bathroom, which would be an especially difficult situation for the little girl.

        •  Tough way to start life. The women did their best (0+ / 0-)

          for themselves and the little girl under the circumstances.

          Honoring all of them and faulting only the brute that held them captive and treated them viciously.

          I heard there was Cleaveland Courage Fund now for these victims.  I'll try to find out more.

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