PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Tanya Kach was a McKeesport teen – held hostage by her school security guard Thomas Hose for 10 years before finally breaking free.
She understands what the ordeal has been like for the three recently discovered Cleveland, Ohio women.
“I wasn’t physically restrained, but mentally,” Kach said. “And sadly, I hear they were physically restrained and mentally restrained. But the one girl had the power to get out and it takes a lot of courage to do that.”
For Kach, now aged 31, watching the drama unfold in the Cleveland, Ohio story also means reliving the drama of her own story.
She was held captive in a McKeesport home, before finally escaping to a neighborhood store and telling the local owner who she was.
“It was like hearing my voice all over again at 24,” Kach said. “Chills just ran all through me. I went upstairs to watch it, and I just couldn’t stop crying because I knew what they went through.”
Kach is still recovering from everything she experienced.
Her support system includes her fiancé – and she says – beginning today, support is what her counterparts in Cleveland will need more than anything.
“Stay strong, stay focused, you have your whole life ahead of you now,” she said.
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