via Wkyc:

Six years ago today, a miracle happened in our city. 

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were rescued from a house on Seymour Avenue after a decade of captivity at the hands of Ariel Castro.

DeJesus sat down with WKYC’s Lynna Lai for a one-on-one interview on Monday. Gina was asked if she’s forgiven the man who held her prisoner and then took his own life only a few weeks after being imprisoned. Watch her answer below:

“People ask me if I hate him (Castro). I don’t hate him. I feel like to hate somebody is too much energy. It takes up too much of my time and I don’t have time to hate Ariel because he’s not worth it,” Gina says.

Today, DeJesus is trying to help other families who have had children disappear. 

“Somebody said ‘Happy Birthday,’ to me today, and I’m like, whose birthday? Maybe it’s my second birthday. I could look at it like that,” said DeJesus with a smile.

Her “rebirth,” if you will, includes starting the Cleveland Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults. She chose office space in a rust-colored brick building on the corner of West 25th Street and Seymour Avenue — just yards away from the lot where the so-called House of Horrors once stood.

It’s a defiant choice, for sure.

“I don’t even look over there [at the lot]. And when I do, it’s just an empty lot to me,” she said.

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