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Duffy reveals details of horror rape ordeal ‘to help others who have suffered the same’

Duffy reveals details of horror rape ordeal ‘to help others who have suffered the same’ 1

The Welsh singer, whose full name is Aimee Duffy, first told of her ordeal in February. But it’s the first time she’s given details of the terrifying experience, which led to her retreating from the spotlight. In a post on Instagram, the star said she was drugged at a restaurant on her birthday, held captive in her home and then taken to a foreign country.

Revealing more details, Duffy, 35, said: “It was my birthday, I was drugged at a restaurant, I was drugged then for four weeks and travelled to a foreign country. I can’t remember getting on the plane and came round in the back of a travelling vehicle.

“I was put into a hotel room and the perpetrator returned and raped me. I remember the pain and trying to stay conscious in the room after it happened.

“I was stuck with him for another day, he didn’t look at me, I was to walk behind him, I was somewhat conscious and withdrawn. I could have been disposed of by him.”

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Duffy said she did not know how she had “the strength to endure those days” and claimed the perpetrator made “veiled confessions of wanting to kill me”. She said she was sharing her ordeal because “we are living in a hurting world”, adding: “I am no longer ashamed that something deeply hurt me, any more. I believe that if you speak from the heart within you, the heart within others will answer.

“As dark as my story is I do speak from my heart, for my life, and for the life of others whom have suffered the same.”

Duffy said she escaped by “fleeing” and “cannot remember getting home”.

The singer said she initially feared going to the police but eventually told a woman officer after someone threatened to “out her story”. Duffy said she was at “high risk of suicide” and spent “almost 10 years completely alone”.

But she said she now feels she can “leave this decade behind” and is “free”, thanking her psychologist for helping her.

The singer said she hoped to release “a body of work”, but “I very much doubt I will ever be the person people once knew”.

When Duffy first broke her silence, she said many fans would “wonder what happened to me, where did I disappear to and why”. The singer had a No1 hit with Mercy in 2008. Her last album, Endlessly, came out in 2010 but last month a new song, Something Beautiful, was played on BBC Radio 2.

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