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Cleveland kidnapping victims 'happy and safe'

CLEVELAND (AP) — The three women rescued after being held captive in a Cleveland house for about a decade say they are doing fine.

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A 10-foot chain link fence surrounds the home of Ariel Castro in Cleveland Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Castro is under arrest and charged with kidnapping and rape after three women were rescued last week at the house after being held captive for a decade. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

That was the message in a letter released by their attorneys on Tuesday that also noted a charity fund to help the women has now raised more than $650,000.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/182K1Xz ) reports that attorneys who are representing Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight for free say the women are "happy and safe and continue to heal, a process that requires time and privacy."

They escaped from the home on Cleveland's west side May 6.

A former school bus driver, 52-year-old Ariel Castro, has been charged with three counts of rape and four counts of kidnapping, including Berry's 6-year-old daughter fathered by Castro.

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