At his sentencing in a Cleveland courtroom, Ariel Castro said, “I am not a monster.” Whether you agree with him or not, one thing is for sure: Ariel Castro doesn’t deserve the “Humanitarian of the Year” award. Castro mad some sort of half-assed justification for the abduction of three Cleveland women who he held for ten years by saying that he was “sick,” and a “sex addict.” Castro also went as far as to label himself as the “victim,” at the welcomed end to sn ordeal that drastically rocked the lives of three innocent women — two of which were teenagers at the time of abduction.
Watching Castro speak his peace last night I felt a bit sorry for the guy. Why? Because as deluded as he sounded, it was quite apparent that he was indeed a sick man. To hear him tell it, the girls found in his home were never abducted. Listening to Castro you get the impression that they all walked into his home of their own free will; they then had a lot of consensual sex over a ten-year period; and of course liked it so much that they refused to leave. After all, like Castro said, they weren’t virgins when he first had sex with them.
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This from ABC News:
Kidnapper Ariel Castro shocked a Cleveland court today by saying he is “not a monster,” “lived a normal life” and that the sex he had with the three women he held captive for more than a decade was “consensual.”
Castro’s statement came after one of his victims, the petite Michelle Knight, confronted him for the “hell” she endured in his house for 11 years.
Castro showed no reaction today to the remarks by Knight. Instead, he gave a rambling speech in which he depicted himself as a person who had “everything going” for himself but was plagued by an addiction to porn.
Castro, 53, also denied that he ever raped Knight or his two other victims, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, during the years they were incarcerated in his house.
“Most of the sex that went on in the house, and probably all of it, was consensual,” Castro said.
“These people are trying to paint me as a monster. I’m not a monster. I’m sick. My sexual problem, it’s so bad on my mind,” Castro said.
“God as my witness, I never beat these women like they’re trying to say that I did. I never tortured them,” he said.
He insisted “there was a lot of harmony” in his house among himself and his captives.
Castro had such an emotional attachment to the home that prosecutors said he broke down in tears when he had to sign over the property deed a few days ago, saying it was wrong to tear it down because he had so many happy memories there.
Well let me say something as someone who was sexually abused and passed around between three men as their plaything as a child: the trauma of certain events does in fact have a lasting impact on our lives. And though said trauma may manifest itself in different ways throughout the lives of formerly sexually abused children. As heartless as it may sound, I have no sympathy for Ariel Castro. As a victim I can empathize; but sympathize I cannot. Why? Because by him acting on his urges and not seeking help, he became the monster that everyone — including his brothers — says he is. It’s a tough break having to serve a life sentence, plus 1000 years; but it all had to end. My only hope is for the healing for the victims of Castro’s crime on the long road ahead.