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Women's Shelter Says to Involve Authorities if You See Something Odd

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

It's a story that has gripped the nation -- three girls missing for a decade were found this week in a Cleveland neighborhood.

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight are all back with their loved ones. The three men accused of abducting them were scheduled to make a court appearance on Wednesday, but that has been delayed, likely until Thursday.

In the meantime, the questions many are asking -- how could the girls go undetected in a busy neighborhood? What warning signs did people miss?

Kiii News Reporter Anayeli Ruiz spoke with one organization that is all to familiar with these sorts of cases.

It is not the first time a person has been kidnapped, only to be living in peril under everyone's nose the whole time. Here locally, the Women's Shelter of South Texas says that if you see something odd, report it to police immediately.

This also applies with domestic violence victims or sexual assault victims. If you have that instinct that something is going on, it's definitely important to get involved. Many times, those people don't have a voice, and making that call to the authorities and getting them involved might be the only chance for them to escape.

The Shelter said they always get calls from neighbors concerned about neighbors or family members, asking for advice on how to intervene. They say the best thing to do is to call police.

"Even though family business is their business, when it comes to violence, we can't have stuff like that happen in our community. It's not right," said Frances Wilson of the Women's Shelter. "The violence will spill over into our community."

The Women's Shelter also has a hotline you can call at 361-881-8888. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach them there.

The bottom line is, if you get the opportunity to reach out, do not hesitate to call. Even if it's not violence, if you see something unusual, you should call it in.

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