Ariel Castro Victims Honored by Ohio Governor

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Ariel Castro's victims -- Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight and Amanda Berry -- publicly reunited for the first time on Monday night.

According to Fox News Latino, the three women who endured a decade-long amount of torture at the hands of Castro, were honored with Gov. John Kasich's annual courage awards.

In a speech, Kaisch praised DeJesus, Knight and Berry, saying:

"It is a story of three women who found an inner strength and a courage that brought them through and sustained them. No one rescued them, they rescued themselves - first by staying strong and by sticking together, and then by literally breaking out into freedom."

The Ohio governor hugged the women as he entered the hall. While announcing the awards, he referred to them as "three extraordinary women, who despite having the worst in this world thrown at them, rose above it and emerged not as victims, but as victors."

DeJesus, Knight and Berry were given a heartfelt two-minute standing ovation by lawmakers. We applaud you all!

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