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-- Yeah police fire ambulance.
I couldn't help hey you know what's going on there I think -- and I didn't -- completely.
So -- The nightmare is finally over for the three on Cleveland victims and a little girl.
But after experiencing such depravity for so long.
Is it even possible for them to recover.
And successfully returned to society.
-- -- clinical psychologist.
Doctor Esther Devlin juror who joins us from Philadelphia doctor thanks for being with us.
So our -- right.
-- -- these women begin.
Well I I think that they likely will all have a difficult recovery.
But given this train that they shows -- touring this from rented.
Abduction and treatment in that -- I think they are likely to recover quite well given that they have support from their families.
And that they get the necessary treatment.
Now you know doctor we've heard that Michelle Knight has refused to talk to her family.
Or be with her family it doesn't seem that she has the support of the like the other two women.
-- I think that's going to impact her.
Both she in fact may have a more difficult recovery.
There are some reports that her childhood was more difficult than the -- of the other two women.
And that does place -- it at greater risk of having more emotional difficulty.
During this recovery period and doctor what about post dramatic stress.
Syndrome and and the disorder.
You know these women I imagine -- and I've dealt with so many victims myself -- mean that.
How long does it go Juan what you know what do you ever for yourself of the nightmare.
Right well they they.
Our oil likely to have some acute post traumatic stress reaction in fact.
I did hear -- report that one of the girls was uncomfortable -- -- -- of of going to sleep.
Alone in her family's home.
That is very normal and natural reaction given the terrible -- that same story.
-- -- -- -- -- She is likely to overcome those post traumatic stress symptoms that puts it to generalize whatever fears -- Developed in that household.
To our own family home.
And doctor linked with the proper therapy she will be able to overcome that and doctor what is the proper therapy.
Well there are some very well with search.
Therapy approaches for -- -- expect to sort of both for children and for itself.
Probably the most we've we've searched.
Well documented therapy.
Pool in the category of -- focus cognitive behavioral therapy which -- They essentially help children and adults to face the comments that they've suffered to talk about them clearly.
Even write about them.
And then ultimately share this experience with a supportive adults.
And that can be one of the things that I've always believed in and I had.
You know -- especially with child sexual assault cases was that it was cathartic it was therapeutic.
To confront their abuser and to have a jury believed them.
Now you understand that in the criminal justice system these women will have to take the stand -- -- plea bargains offered what do you think.
Yes well I think all of these women have shown incredible strain and I think they will be capable of of doing that.
And as you said in some instances it can be very healing.
All right and and doctor finally do the women need each other to heal as they go forward.
Yes well it appears that they have created a bond.
Among -- four of them actually including the little girl and I think that could be very valuable going for it that they maintain that bond that they connect with one on another.
You know there's no one on this earth that has suffered exactly what they each suffered.
And so it is something that they share that might be valuable for them to continue to connect with one and -- right.
Doctor -- -- thanks so much for being with us this evening.
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