Norwegian Woman Jailed In Dubai After Reporting Rape

Norwegian Woman Jailed In Dubai After Reporting RapeNorwegian interior designer Marte Deborah Dalelv has spoken out after being handed a 16-month prison sentence in Dubai — after she went to police to report she had been raped by a colleague. The 24-year-old, who had been working at an interior design firm in Qatar since September 2011, told CNN on Saturday how a work trip to Dubai in March with three colleagues turned into a nightmare.

‘Sexual assault’

She said she had been out at a bar with her colleagues and friends, and asked a male colleague to walk her to her room when they returned at 3 a.m. to the hotel. She’d asked him to escort her because the hotel was large and confusing, and she didn’t want to be wandering on her own, knowing she’d been drinking, she said. When they reached a room, she realized it wasn’t hers — but the man then pulled her inside despite her vocal objections, according to Dalelv.

That was pretty much the last thing she said she remembers before the alleged sexual assault.  After someone knocked — the hotel wake-up call — she managed to get dressed and make it downstairs to the hotel reception and call the police.

‘No explanations’

Some 10 or 12 male police officers arrived, but no female police officers were present, she said. Statements were taken from both Dalelv and the alleged rapist. She was then taken to Bur Dubai police station, she said. Dalelv says she was taken for an intimate medical exam and tested for alcohol consumption. Her belongings were taken and she was kept in jail for four days, she said, with no explanation as to why.

Subsequently, she said her manager advised her to tell the police it was voluntary sexual intercourse and likely the whole issue would just go away. She followed the advice and in one of the many hearings at the public prosecutor’s office, she made a statement saying it was voluntary. Dalelv was then charged with making a false statement.

Dalelv was convicted Tuesday on all three charges and was sentenced to one year in jail for having unlawful sex, three months in jail for making a false statement and one month for illegal consumption of alcohol.

What is your reaction regarding this story? Do you think rape victims deserve to go to jail?

Source: Nicola Goulding and Phil O’Sullivan | CNN

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The ‘Reality’ Of Reality TV

The ‘Reality’ Of Reality TVThese days, any star can become famous (or infamous, for that matter) for what they do in real life, or rather, in their televised life. But with more and more people now assuming that the so-called “reality” TV shows are actually far from real, maybe it’s about time that these shows should be renamed “fake” TV.

‘Falsely portrayed’

During the previous year, Kristin Cavallari of “The Hills” admitted in an interview on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” that the characters were “pretty much” told what to say and what to do. Also, Jesse Csincsak from the fourth season of “The Bachelorette” revealed that the actual image of the characters in the show were just “falsely portrayed.”

Even the famous E!’s “Keeping Up With the Kardashian’s” authenticity has now been questioned. There was one time that paparazzi shots showed Kim and her mom Kris just coming out of a studio in Los Angeles wearing exactly the same clothes, makeup and hair in their “Dubai” episodes. So it would seem that their Dubai scenes were actually just shot in L.A.

‘Lying to their audience’

These and more tell us that reality TV is really not part of reality at all. Reality shows are actually lying to their audience. Still, these shows have the power to manipulate the emotions of the viewers. They laugh, cry, get angry, and sympathize according to the scenes shown in these TV shows. The undeniable truth is, despite the exposure of the fakeness of it, reality TV still has the power to wrap its audience around its flimsy and fake finger.

Maybe it’s all just about entertainment and that the “reality” factor of it does not really matter at all. Maybe it just needs a tweak in its name. Maybe what the audience really just look forward to are the characters themselves and not the reality of these reality TV shows.

How about you — do you believe reality TV shows are really fake and feigned? Should we expect a name change soon? Feel free to voice out your opinions regarding your favorite reality TV shows!

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