CLEVELAND - Few people can understand what Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus have gone through, being held captive in a house for more than 10 years.
But Elizabeth Smart understands. Completely.
Smart was kidnapped from her affluent home in Salt Lake City in 2002 when she was 14 years old. Nine months later, she was recognized with her abductor just a few miles from her home.
Smart told "Good Morning America" she was "so overjoyed" Berry, DeJesus and Knight were found alive. "It shows there are more happy endings out there."
PEOPLE said Smart told them in an interview she wanted to make sure the three Cleveland women knew what happened to them was not their fault. She is quoted in the publication as reminding the ladies they have "worth" and are "valuable."
Smart, who was forced to be a sex slave when she was abducted, is now happily married and serves as an advocate for missing and exploited children.
Another piece of advice Smart had for the Cleveland women is that privacy is of utmost importance and all should stay out of the public eye while trying to rebuild their lives.
A local woman remembers her own ordeal after watching Michelle Knight speak on a national TV program.
Cleveland-area residents reacted to Michelle Knight's first interview since she escaped from Ariel Castro's home, where she was held in captivity for 11 years.
Michelle Knight, who was held captive by Ariel Castro for 11 years, revealed details of what happened to her inside the convicted rapist and kidnapper's home in a national TV interview with Dr. Phil Tuesday.
An Ohio prison guard has resigned after an investigation about falsification of logs documenting checks on a death row inmate who later committed suicide.
Ohio's prison system has faced a glut of bad news in recent months, from inmate suicides to four homicides in a single prison in about a year, but long-term population growth trends are causing officials the most headaches.
Mary Jordan, a reporter for the Washington Post, will write a book for Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus about the horrors that happened inside the house on Seymour Avenue.
There are 238 sex offenders who live within a two-mile radius of the former home of late convicted kidnapper Ariel Castro, according to a public records search.
The warden will move from Correctional Reception Center south of Columbus to the same job at Madison Correctional Institution.
An Ohio bill to provide cash reparations and other assistance to the three women held captive in a Cleveland home passed the House Wednesday.