Local Abuse Survivor Speaks out on Cleveland Ohio Kidnappings

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 5/13/2013 12:16 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN, (WDEF)-
A voiceless and hopeless prisoner she says these men really are monsters.

Kathy,"They get a kick out of watching you suffer and weaken, and be confused and it makes them feel powerful".

Many in the world of psychology believe the three victims in Cleveland, Ohio may be suffering from what's known as Stockholm Syndrome.

Edward Doreau of CBI Counseling, "The victim identifies or even bonds with the abuser and by doing so the abuser seems less threatening in their own minds".

The rare condition has led to some victims refusing to even testify against their captors.

Doreau,"This could be happening in the house next door to you, sadly it always happens in these unlikely places, people say how could it happen it here, well how could it happen anywhere?"

Regina McDevitt of The Partnership helps abuse victims move on and build a new life.

"Having someone to talk to and help them understand that the reactions they are experiencing are normal for them, and that's okay to be afraid to whatever might be happening".

The Partnership has changed the lives of more than 8000 people in East TN in recent years.


423 755-2700 is the number for the Partnership and they have a discrete 24 hour hotline.

The CBI Counseling Center sees 1400 clients monthly and their contact information is available below.

423.756.2894 www.cbicounseling.com





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