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“They used to just tell me that when you were gone, we prayed for you, that we helped look for you….I’m really grateful and happy that you did.”

Gina DeJesus is more than her story. She is more than her nine years in Ariel Castro’s house of horrors.

Now 28-years-old, DeJesus is speaking up.

“I used to be really shy. Now I’m just not that shy anymore. Not that shy. But still

DeJesus credits her family as the force behind her newfound confidence.

As for her happiness, Gina says what makes her happiest is here freedom.

“To be home and be free, and get to live life,” she said.

And for the past, “I try not to think about that…I put it behind me. Just keep myself busy

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