Michelle Knight’s horrific experience being brutally locked away by Ariel Castro has left deep scars in the young woman and she angrily lashed out in an interview when talking about another woman who was just rescued from her kidnapper after more than a decade.
“Unless you were walking in her shoes, you have no reason to talk, none at all,” Knight said in an interview with CNN’s New Day where she broke down in tears discussing the critics who are doubting the woman’s story.
The woman was allegedly abducted by her mother’s boyfriend, 42-year-old Isidro Garcia, when she was 15, raped, beaten, forced to marry her captor and gave birth to his child.
Since the news broke some neighbors of the couple have come forward to say that they didn’t believe the victim was held against her will.
“She never showed a sad face or worried face,” said a neighbor and continued: “She had plenty of time to actually escape so it’s hard to believe this is really going on because she had a lot of free time.”
“Just because you’re not chained up and you’re not locked in the basement doesn’t mean you ain’t trapped,” Knight, who changed her name to Lily Rose Lee, told CNN’s Kate Bolduan.
“I know exactly what it feels like to be trapped in your own mind, your emotional mind, and told you can’t do anything about it, nobody will care about what you say.”
Describing more of her victimization, Knight slammed the critics of the girl, relating it to her own torture.
“I was threatened to be killed. I was threatened that nobody cared about me,” Knight said.
“For a girl like her the emotional torture is so painful that she chose not to hurt other people. Because he may have threatened to hurt her, he may have threatened to hurt the people that she was talking to.”
Overcome with emotions, and her voice breaking, Knight said that kind of attitude shown by the neighbors hurts victims.
“You’re making people not want to come out, not want to say anything. You’re making people want to sit there and keep it to themselves and go through the abuse when you say stupid crap like that.”
Garcia charged with a felony count of forcible rape, three felony counts of lewd acts on a minor and a felony count of kidnapping to commit a sexual offense.