"Hopefully, I can help her grow to be a great woman," Berry says of her 8-year-old

By Elaine Aradillas
Updated April 24, 2015 04:00 PM
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Amanda Berry
Elinor Carucci

Like any typical mom, Amanda Berry wakes up each morning and gets her 8-year-old daughter Jocelyn ready for school. But unlike most moms, Berry worries what other people say about Jocelyn’s father.

“I don’t want people to say the wrong thing,” Berry tells PEOPLE in an exclusive interview.

Jocelyn’s father is Ariel Castro, who kidnapped and raped Berry – along with Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus – while keeping her captive for 10 years. After the women escaped in May 2013, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life without parole. He hanged himself inside his prison cell a month later.

Nearly two years later, Berry shares their complicated relationship in her book Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland, but she hasn’t decided how she will tell her daughter about their experience.

“I don’t want this to affect her the wrong way when she’s a teenager. Maybe she learns everything and it just messes her up,” says Berry, now 29. “Hopefully, I can help her grow to be a great woman.”

Berry is determined to give her daughter a “normal” life.

“I just know I’m going to wait until she’s older, until she can comprehend and make her own thoughts on it and not have anybody influence her on how she feels.”

For excerpts from their book and more information about their lives, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE.

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