Marte Deborah Dalelv Norwegian Dubai Rape Victim

Improper education of men

Too much sexual stimulation in the air due to rape pornography for men

Wrong policies in religion and legal system

Alcohol and Drugs

Lack of skills to tackle reporting situations

Broken Police system

Some who want to exploit the situation to keep the conflict and clash between communities and peoples.

Poor victim she is Marte Deborah Dalelv.

May she recover soon,

dear sister, 

recover soon,

May you lead a wonderful life ahead with honour and safety.

May the functional peace prevail!

Interior designer Marte Deborah Dalelv, 24, was recently convicted on charges of having unlawful sex, making a false statement and illegal consumption of alcohol,

16 months in prison

she was raped by one of her colleagues in his hotel room after a night of drinking

Dalelv was then taken to Bur Dubai police station, she said.

"They asked me, 'Are you sure you called the police because you just didn't like it?' I said, 'Well of course I didn't like it.' That is when I knew, I don't think they are going to believe me at all," Dalelv said.

Dalelv was in jail for three days until she was released. At that time, she was told she was being charged with sex outside of marriage and the other for public consumption of alcohol, both are illegal in the United Arab Emirates.

That was my biggest regret because it wasn't voluntary. I just thought it would all go away

My stepdad, he answered the phone, so I said, that I had been raped, I am in prison ... please call the embassy.

I have to spread the word. ... After my sentence we thought, 'How can it get worse?'" Marte Deborah Dalelv

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.

Norwegian diplomats later secured her release and she has been allowed to remain at the Norwegian Seamen's Centre in central Dubai. She said her alleged attacker received a 13-month sentence for out-of-wedlock sex and alcohol consumption.

Norway's foreign minister, Espen Barth Eide, told the NTB news agency, calling it "highly problematic from a human rights perspective."

Similar cases involving foreigners and Emirati women have been reported in the past few years.

The case was not reported in the two major English-language newspapers in the United Arab Emirates, The National and The Khaleej Times.

For a rape conviction, United Arab Emirates law requires either a confession or four adult male witnesses to the attack.

Three years ago, an Abu Dhabi court sentenced an 18-year-old Emirati woman to a year in prison for illicit sex after she reported that six men had gang-raped her.

In 2008, an Australian woman managing a United Arab Emirates resort reported being brutally gang-raped while unconscious because she had been drugged. She was convicted of illegal sex outside marriage and sentenced to 11 months in prison, in addition to one month for drinking alcohol.

She was pardoned after eight months, as were three men convicted of raping her.

"Norway will continue to do what we can to support her in what is a very difficult situation. Our cooperation with the UAE is strong and good, but I conveyed to my colleague that we are worried that this difficult case may disturb our good relations if we do not reach a good solution in the near future."

Dalelv’s appeal is due to be heard on September 5.

On March 6 this year, Dalelv received a letter from her employer, billionaire Wissam Al Mana, the husband of pop star Janet Jackson. The letter said she had been suspended from her position.

Close to a month later she received a new letter saying her contracted had been terminated due to “unacceptable and improper behavior.” The letter was personally signed by Janet Jackson’s husband.

Wissam Al Mana is a business tycoon in Qatar, and his company Al Mana Interiors is a franchisee in the interior chain The One Total Home Experience. He and Janet Jackson were married in 2012 in a quiet ceremony.

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