Community members remembered the abduction, abuse, captivity and escape of the Seymour Avenue survivors on Saturday, May 6. A rally took place at 2207 Seymour Avenue in Cleveland. Survivor Michelle Knight was in attendance.
— Mike Brookbank (@brookbanktv) May 6, 2017
According to Cleveland Urban News, organizers say the event was also designed to address:
- The Violence Against Women's Act
- Local, county, statewide and national public policy changes sought
- A demand for resources related to violence against women and children, human trafficking, and the missing persons
May 6 marks the four-year anniversary of the escape of Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight and Amanda Berry from Ariel Castro's home. The house is no longer standing. There will be more than a dozen speakers.
The survivors of Seymour Avenue:
- Michelle Knight was 21 when she was abducted by Castro on August 23, 2002, after leaving her cousin's house.
- Amanda Berry was just a day shy of 17 when she was abducted on April 21, 2003, after leaving her job at Burger King.
- Gina DeJesus was 14 when she was kidnapped on April 2, 2004, after leaving school.