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Duffy reveals details of her four-week abduction and rape: 'I am now free'

WARNING: This article contains details of sexual assault. If you or anyone you know has been affected by Duffy’s story please contact Rape Crisis’ website here. 

Duffy, 35, has revealed the details of when she was raped, drugged and abducted at a restaurant on her birthday. The singer said in her own words that she remembered she was drugged for “four weeks”.

Duffy has gone into detail about the incident where she was drugged and kidnapped for four weeks.

The singer shared her incident on duffywords.com, and said she was abducted and taken away from a restaurant on her birthday.

The Mercy singer said she was taken to a foreign country after she was drugged.

Duffy wrote: “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.”

The singer said she was stuck with her perpetrator for another day and she was afraid to run: “I contemplated running away to the neighbouring city or town, as he slept, but had no cash and I was afraid he would call the police on me, for running away, and maybe they would track me down as a missing person.”

She continued: “I knew my life was in immediate danger, he made veiled confessions of wanting to kill me.

“With what little strength I had, my instinct was to then run, to run and find somewhere to live that he could not find.”

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The Welsh singer then revealed: “I posted the words I wrote, a few weeks ago, because I was tired of hiding. Never feeling free or burden free. I had become enmeshed with my story like a dark secret. It made me alone and feel alone.”

“What is also hard to explain is that, in hiding, in not talking, I was allowing the rape to become a companion. Me and it living in my being, I no longer wanted to feel that intimacy with it, a decade of that intimacy has been destructive.”

Duffy added: “I had to set myself free. I have been hurt and it would have been dangerous to talk from that hurt place in the past, prior to feeling ready.”

“I ask myself now, as I write this … what makes me feel more beautiful, more hopeful and more at peace?”


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