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I got all worked up after reading the following article. Of course it was the initial outrage because of the story, but there was something more beneath that story. What was it? Well, of course, it was reminding me of how victims reach out for help from pastors and church leadership and sometimes church leaders fail in their response or even non-response. Obviously a big difference in this article is that the victim is an adult. In the Sovereign Grace lawsuit, the victims were minors.Do you see any parallels with this story and the abuse stories you’ve read about via the Second Amended Lawsuit (****Sex abuse trigger warning****)?
Here is the article:
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A Norwegian woman sentenced to 16 months in jail in Dubai for having sex outside marriage after she reported an alleged rape said she decided to speak out in hopes of drawing attention to the risks of outsiders misunderstanding the Islamic-influenced legal codes in this cosmopolitan city.
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Dalelv, who worked for an interior design firm in Qatar since 2011, claims she was sexually assaulted by a co-worker in March while she was attending a business meeting in Dubai.
She said she fled to the hotel lobby and asked for the police to be called. The hotel staff asked if she was sure she wanted to involve the police, Dalelv said.
“Of course I want to call the police,” she said. “That is the natural reaction where I am from.”
Dalelv said she was given a medical examination seeking evidence of the alleged rape and underwent a blood test for alcohol. Such tests are commonly given in the UAE for alleged assaults and in other cases. Alcohol is sold widely across Dubai, but public intoxication can bring charges.
The AP does not identity the names of alleged sexual assault victims, but Dalelv went public voluntarily to talk to media.
Dalelv was detained for four days after being accused of having sex outside marriage, which is outlawed in the UAE although the law is not actively enforced for tourists as well as hundreds of thousands of Westerners and others on resident visas.
She managed to reach her stepfather in Norway after being loaned a phone card by another woman in custody.
“My stepdad, he answered the phone, so I said, that I had been raped, I am in prison … please call the embassy,” she recounted.
“And then I went back and I … just had a breakdown,” she continued. “It was very emotional, to call my dad and tell him what happened.”
Norwegian diplomats later secured her release and she has been allowed to remain at the Norwegian Seamen’s Center in central Dubai. She said her alleged attacker received a 13-month sentence for out-of-wedlock sex and alcohol consumption.
Dubai authorities did not respond to calls for comment, but the case has brought strong criticism from Norwegian officials and activists.
In London, a spokesman for the Emirates Center for Human Rights, a group monitoring UAE affairs, said the Dalelv case points out the need for the UAE to expand its legal protections for alleged rape victims.
“We urge authorities to reform the laws governing incidents of rape in the country,” said Rori Donaghy, “to ensure women are protected against sexual violence and do not become the targets of prosecution when reporting crimes.”
I’m curious to see how many parallels you can find.
Additionally, I have really enjoyed the great discussion on earlier threads (some are still ongoing). Is there something you would like to discuss further? Feel free to post your ideas and thoughts. That helps a lot!
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Here are some other ideas for discussion:
- Someone sent me this: “Brett Younger’s take on SBC, Calvinism, and schism avoidance in the SBC. A great, humorous analysis: I had no choice but write this column
- Some Mormons Search the Web and Find Doubt
- Stop Hate-Watching the Church by Richard Clark
- Response to the above article: Richard Clark and the Preemption of Anger by David Hayward (NakedPastor.com)
Personal note: I will be driving to the Portland area, dropping kids off at camp/friend’s house, spending a couple of hours before camp with my daughter who has been gone as camp counselor for the last couple weeks. I will be moderating intermittently. Two links or more will make your comments go into moderation, so if you separate them into 2 comments, that will work fine. Don’t worry about 2 comments in a row. It doesn’t bother me one bit. You’ll see me checking in from time to time. Ok, I must pack now.
By the way, this was the camp I was at last year when I found out the judge dismissed the case in our lawsuit. It’s almost been a year!