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Cleveland kidnap victims will need time to heal

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W. Michael Nelson, psychology professor at Xavier University W. Michael Nelson, psychology professor at Xavier University
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

There are still many unanswered questions to what Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight women went through while being held captive for more than 10 years.

Mentally and emotionally those women will now have to adjust to life with their families and friends.

"Individuals in situations often times have to juxtapose their wanting to survive with the intense fear that they have," said W. Michael Nelson, psychology professor at Xavier University. 

Nelson says the women were most likely brainwashed, and after 10 years, probably accepted their fate.

"Individuals who have been incarcerated for a long period of time, they grow accustom and accepting of the situations in which they are in," said Nelson.  

Reports indicate a six-year-old child belonging to Amanda Berry was also rescued from the Cleveland home.

"Mentally that individual would be in essence school aged, and there are cognitive elements there of understanding or having a limited understanding about what has happened," said Nelson. "And this is going to be a really traumatic incident for that youngster."

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