And, somehow, they also kept hope. As Knight said, "We said we'll all get out alive some day and we did."
Ochberg, a pioneer in trauma science, lauded the three women's survival and coping skills as "marvelous, compelling examples of resilience, of imagination, of humanity."
Still, while they're no longer at 2207 Seymour Av., their suffering from their years there isn't over, he said.
"The damage that was done does not go away. They have life sentences," said Ochberg.
"...I think they will -- with the love and support of the whole community -- they have a good chance to live a good life. But that doesn't mean that they'll ever be free of the damage that was done."