Rape Victim Sentenced For “Sex Out of Wedlock”?!

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07/19/2013 by syrbal-labrys


I am sometimes accused of being paranoid, and seeing things from a ‘worst case’ scenario.
Well, you know, I like my attitude problem, if that is what it is…and this story demonstrates one reason why. Imagine working abroad, away from home. Difficult, but having a job is good, travel is good, right? Imagine working abroad in a pre-dominantly Islamic country. Possibly, in light of wars we Americans have in such places of late, you might be losing enthusiasm about now, right?

Now, imagine being a woman working abroad in an Islamic country. Imagine being raped by a co-worker and running into your hotel lobby screaming for the police. Perhaps clue #1 should be when the hotel staff says, “Are you sure you want the police?” Because, when they come, they accuse YOU of the crime of out of wedlock sex and want to lock you up.

This unlucky rape victim’s government got her out of prison, but she is not yet out of country…..and I am not sure why. She has to appeal her “sentence” yet; apparently consent has nothing to do with it. Must be great to say rape doesn’t exist, just sex in or out of marriage, huh? I often look at the glittering pictures of Dubai….and remind myself I don’t care to go there ANYway.

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