Singer was ‘drugged for four weeks, raped and taken abroad’

It's the first time she's given details of the terrifying experience, which led to her retreating from the spotlight.

"Rape is like living murder, you are alive, but dead," she wrote.

"All I can say is it took an extremely long time, sometimes feeling never ending, to reclaim the shattered pieces of me."

Duffy had the UK's best-selling album of 2008 and won three Brit Awards and a Grammy, but she virtually vanished after releasing her second album in 2010.

Samoan man jailed for 25 years over sex offences against daughter

The 39-year-old was convicted on charges of rape, incest, indecent assault and unlawful sexual connection.

The police said the defendant's other daughter reported the attack to other family members, who then told the police.

In passing sentence, Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa noted the increasing number of sexual violations against the country's young women.

Outrage mounts over Hyderabad rape killing

Thousands protested outside a police station in the city, demanding accountability. Police have suspended three officers.

Meanwhile family members have turned away visiting politicians and police officials, demanding action instead.

Rape and violence against women remain at high levels despite widespread public anger at high-profile cases.

The victim's charred remains were discovered after she disappeared on Wednesday.

Police allege she was gang-raped before she was killed. Four men have been arrested in connection with the case.

American Samoan judge says 'you can't rape and run'

Judge Fiti Sunia was sentencing Apisaloma Timo who was charged with two other men in connection with the assaults in October last year.

The trio picked up two 14 year olds, gave them methamphetamine and had sex with them.

Judge Sunia said there was evidence of an all round failure "in law enforcement, family support, parenting and up and down line."

Timo, a Samoan citizen, said he was sorry and asked to be allowed to go home to take care of his family and create a better future.

Indian anti-trafficking activists raped after staging street play

The women were forced into cars and raped in a "secluded area", police told BBC Hindi.

Police say they are investigating the incident but have not made any arrests.

The women were working with a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to raise awareness about human trafficking in the remote Khunti district.

About 40,000 rape cases were reported in India in 2016.

Many cases, however, are believed to go unreported because of the stigma that is attached to rape and sexual assault.

India girl, 16, burnt alive after Jharkhand rape

Fourteen people have been arrested in connection with the attacks in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand.

Police said the elders had ordered the accused rapists to do 100 sit-ups and pay a 50,000 rupee (£550; $750) fine as punishment.

They were so enraged they beat the girl's parents then set her on fire.

"The two accused thrashed the parents and rushed to the house where they set the girl ablaze with the help of their accomplices," Ashok Ram, the officer in charge of the local police station, told AFP news agency.


Samoan church minister admits rape

The victim was living with the defendant and his wife and attended a church college in Apia where the first offence took place.

The police said other offences took place in a village on Savaii Island where the defendant and his wife had been serving.

The victim became pregnant and gave birth to two children as a result.

The defendant has been stripped of all his church positions and duties.

"Culture of silence must end"

25 year sentence sought for Samoan dad guilty of rape and incest

The court was told that the man impregnated his daughter three times between 2010 and 2013.

The victim, the eighth of the man's children, was only 17 years old when the abuse began.

He will be sentenced next Monday.



Facebook blackmailer jailed for rapes

Paul Leighton, 32, from Seaham, County Durham, created up to 40 fake Facebook profiles to befriend teenagers in the UK, Canada, the US and Australia.

He tricked them into sending him naked selfies, then blackmailed them into abusing young relatives.

He had earlier admitted a total of 21 offences at Newcastle Crown Court.

The court heard one 14-year-old from Florida was tricked into believing he was talking to a girl, then blackmailed into repeatedly raping his one-year-old niece.

Samoa’s Supreme Court sends stern message to protect children

The warning came as a 53 year old man was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for raping a relative.

The victim was 12 years old when the offense was committed in the accused’s home in 2015.

The accused, who has six children, was found guilty and sentenced by Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren this week.

The court heard the victim was raped twice in the home.

The accused was described as caring and humble, supportive of his family and active in their village matters.