Michelle Knight Has Tattoos To Help Her Heal
For over a decade Ariel Castro kept three women captive in his home at 2207 Seymour Avenue.
After kidnapping the women Castro locked them in his house and subjected them to violent acts of abuse, rape and both mental and physical torture. Michelle Knight along with Amanda Berry, and Georgina "Gina" DeJesus were finally rescued on May 6th 2013, 11 years after Knight was first abducted. Castro was arrested and charged with 937 criminal counts of rape, kidnapping, and aggravated murder (for the forced abortions he carried out). A month after being sentenced to life plus 1,000 years in prison without the chance of parole Castro took his own life in his cell.
While Castro may have ended his life the acts he carried out and consequences of the pain he caused still go on, for Knight overcoming such an ordeal has involved tattoos.
In moving forward from the terrible events Knight has turned to tattooing as a form of healing, her tattoos each have a deep meaning and help her lay to rest some of the pain she experienced. She has a teddy bear tattoo on her shoulder, a design based of something she drew while being held by Castro. On her leg she as a half skeleton and half flesh face tattoo which represents her life;
"This tattoo represents my life from the past and my life in the future. It says, ‘My heart is not chained to my situation."
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Tattooed on her arm are 5 roses each covered with droplets of blood, and each tattoo has a deep and personal meaning; “Every rose is for every abortion that I had in the house.”
In the two years since her release Knight has expressed that she has overcome many of her pain and fears, a large part of which has been through tattooing. She now helps others get over similar experiences and trauma. When she faced Castro at his sentencing Knight offered a poignant few words "...I can forgive you, but I will never forget."
The trauma and experiences Knight suffered will be with her forever, but tattoos have gone some way into helping her heal and overcome what she faced. Tattoos are more than just ink, they are documentation of recovery and progress, they can carry a person forward and inspire strength in people that never knew they had it.