Gina DeJesus, held captive by Ariel Castro for nine years
was not at his sentencing today but a family spokesperson was and indicated Gina
is on the road to recovery.
Gina was the youngest of the three captive women. She was abducted in April of 2004 on her way home from school at just 14 years-old
and was exposed to unimaginable abuse and horror.
The abuse over nine years was so constant and severe Gina at
some point was too afraid to try and escape.
A family friend in a published report says Gina is "not all
there mentally" and that her psychological scars are deep.
She has physical scars too, a fused neck from being chained
for months in an awkward position. But again Gina is moving forward with
her new life and wants the public to respect her privacy.
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