DUFFY reveals talking about her rape and kidnap ordeal has "liberated" her.
The 35-year-old Welsh star broke her ten-year silence earlier this year to reveal she had been kidnapped, raped and held for four weeks in brutal captivity.
Weeks after her shocking revelation she shared a 3,500 word essay about her ordeal, which she said "liberated" her.
The singer shared another emotional post on Instagram which she used to reach out to fans to see how they were coping in lockdown.
She wrote: "This evening, I can’t sleep … I have the comfort of my bed and the health of all my family, to take shelter in, but many do not.
"Health workers face fatigue, with such uncertainty ahead, people are queuing at empty food banks and the landscape is changing."
Duffy added: "You may or may not have read my words, recently. I found them to be liberating. And so I would sincerely like to know, how are you?
"Tonight, some of us grieve the easing of enforced lockdown – and some of us appreciate it. The sense of security found in a common goal, a shared goal, is changing and could now stand to divide, which it must not, above all, in adapting to a new uncertainty.
"And so, I want to create a post where you can talk openly about how you are doing. I invite you to write here, if you would like that.
"I look forward to reading how you are, about your life, and current experiences. For you to share your stories visibly with others too, here."
She wrapped up the post writing which was accompanied with a photo of the word 'talk': "All my love, and thoughts
Duffy, who burst into the spotlight with her bestselling album Rockferry in 2008, wrote: “Rape is like living murder, you are alive, but dead.
“Rape stripped me of my human rights. It has already stolen one third of my life.”
In the emotional piece, she recalled the moment her life changed for ever at an unspecified point during the past ten years.
She 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.
“I could have been disposed of by him.”
After her ordeal, Duffy became a recluse and said she struggled to speak to anyone about what had happened to her.
But as the months wore on, Duffy turned to professional help as she grew increasingly suicidal.
She said: “Without her I may not have made it through. I was high risk of suicide in the aftermath."
Duffy did not report her ordeal to the police over fears that her attacker would return to kill her.
But she felt forced to tell them after someone she knew threatened to tell her story publicly in a blackmail bid. And she contacted police again at some point in the past ten years after her home was targeted by armed raiders.
She wrote: “I didn’t feel safe to go to the police. I felt if anything went wrong, I would be dead, and he would have killed me."
Duffy, who was born in Bangor, North Wales, to mum Joyce and dad John, became estranged from her family following the ordeal as she shut herself away from those she was closest to.
During the past ten years Duffy has barely returned to the public eye. After the release of her second album Endlessly in 2011, which failed to repeat the success of Rockferry, she went on to play American singer Timi Yuro in 2015 film Legend.
Otherwise she was rarely seen in public, and removed all traces of her life from social media.
In her moving online account she recalled how she managed her recovery, including moving house five times in three years, in a bid to stop her attacker from ever finding her.
Since starting her recovery Duffy has reconciled with her family.
And after her initial revelation on social media in February, she sent a surprise new track, Something Beautiful, to Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley, who played it on her show on March 19.
Jo also read out an email from the singer saying the track would not be released officially.
However, Duffy later said she had given a lot of thought to returning to music and said she wouldn’t allow her future career to be dictated by her attacker.
Anyone affected by rape and sexual abuse can contact the Rape Crisis Helpline: 0808 802 9999 (12-2:30 and 7-9:30) rapecrisis.org.uk
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