The Welsh songstress known for hits “Mercy” and “Warwick Avenue” first discussed the rape in February 2020 via her Instagram account. The award winning singer was predicted to have as much success as her contemporaries Amy Winehouse and Adele before she seemingly disappeared from the limelight and stopped recording.
Duffy, whose real-name is Aimee Ann Duffy, has now gone into further detail about her harrowing ordeal and subsequent experience of dealing with what she went through in a lengthy post on her website. The statement includes information that some will find upsetting so we have decided not to include most of these details, but the full post can be read here.
Explaining her reason for sharing her story, Duffy said “I hope it comforts you to feel less ashamed if you feel alone.
“I am no longer ashamed that something deeply hurt me, anymore. 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 that she escaped by “fleeing”, but did not provide an account of how she got away.
She said that she initially feared going to the police, but eventually told a female officer what happened after someone threatened to “out her story”.
Duffy added that she was at “high risk of suicide” following the ordeal and has spent “almost 10 years completely alone”. But she said she now feels she can “leave this decade behind” and thanked her psychologist for helping her through the trauma.
Farleys Solicitors represent hundreds of victims who have been subjected to horrific sexual assaults. For these clients we realise there is unfortunately no getting away from the horrendous assaults they have endured; however, pursuing a claim can often help to bring closure to their ordeal, as well as providing valuable resources to fund medical treatments and therapy they may require.
Victims of violent crimes, such as sexual assaults, are able to apply for compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. This is a government funded scheme designed to compensate blameless victims of violent crimes. Payments are calculated and awarded by reference to a tariff of injuries, which can compensate for sexual and physical abuse but also mental injury following a crime of violence.
Our dedicated team at Farleys support victims throughout the whole process, treating each and every case with the sensitivity, confidentiality and integrity it fully deserves. The specialist team can be contacted in confidence on 0330 134 6430, or by email through our online contact form.