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  • A girl from UAE

    Hello,

    I'm a 28 year old girl from UAE. I'm still living with my family since it's illegal for girls to move out without their guardian's consent or have your own independence unless you get married.
    I've been abused physically, sexually and emotionally at this house hold by family members and at 28 it's still going on to a certain level.
    I've been held hostage at the house for around a month and half now and I'm not allowed to have anyone visit me or leave the house.
    The reason my family are holding me hostage is because they found out I've been visiting a psychiatrist and underwent medical treatment as a result of going through sever depression. I tried to commit suicide twice this year and at this point I am losing every hope I have.
    My basic inquiry is if I ran away and fled the country by law can they track me down and return me home? What rights do I have?
    Women in the middle east are treated as second class citizens and still are under the guardianship system. I can't go into much details because it'll take a while for me to explain my situation. I just want a chance in life and I know I'd be much content leaving the house and live in a safer environment. Is there anything I could do?
    Please bear in mind women don't have much rights here as the country claims, if I contact the authorities or try to hire lawyer I'd be subjected to much more than I already am. No law will fully protect me specially that I come from a well know family who can easily get out of any trouble.
    I'm open for any suggestion/advice.

  • #2
    re: A girl from UAE

    Hi there,

    It sounds like you truly have been going through a lot with your family at home right now. You mentioned that you have experienced a number of different forms of abuse and have been depressed for quite some time. It takes a lot to reach out for help, and you are very brave to be able to reach out to us. From what you shared, it seems like you would have a hard time getting anyone to help in your country because of the laws against women. Since our services are usually based in the U.S., it's hard for us to say what the authorities in your country would do if you fled the country. We don't really know what would happen if you left. Your rights here would depend on where you are living. Also, our services are usually youth focused so with you being 28 and coming from another country it may be difficult for us to identify what could happen for sure. We do wish we could be of more service to you, but we aren't exactly legal experts here. If you do find yourself in the U.S. you could try calling any local agencies, like 211 for assistance in the area. There is a website, www.211.org that can track down a hotline if you find yourself in a place with nowhere to go. In your country, with what you shared, you could see if there are any hotlines at all that offer support for women in similar situations. Hopefully some of this was helpful to let you know what we offer and what your rights are.

    We do wish you the very best of luck,
    NRS
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

    National Runaway Safeline
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    • #3
      Re: A girl from UAE

      Hello,

      Are you still thinking to run away? I am from the UAE and did it.. please reply.

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      • #4
        Re: Re: A girl from UAE

        Hi there,

        Thank you so much for reaching out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are trying to get in contact with another individual who reached out to us regarding their status.

        Here at the National Runaway Safeline, we do not tell anyone what they should or should not do, we’re just here to help keep everybody safe in what they decide is best for their situation. It sounds like you did run away. We hope that you are in a safe place now, and want to remind you that if you are not, or find yourself in need of any type of assistance, you can call or chat with us. We’re here to listen and here to help.

        Best,
        NRS
        Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

        National Runaway Safeline
        [email protected] (Crisis Email)
        1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)
        Tell us what you think about your experience!

        https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/we_care_what_you_think

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        • #5
          Re: A girl from UAE

          Originally posted by Unregistered View Post
          Hello,

          Are you still thinking to run away? I am from the UAE and did it.. please reply.


          How did you do it?? Could you contact me please? I'm in a similar situation and I need to leave ASAP.

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          • #6
            RE: A girl from UAE

            Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are in a difficult situation, and we understand it takes courage to reach out for help. The National Runaway Safeline is located in the United States of America (USA). Our knowledge of helpful community based resources and our understanding of youth in crisis related laws is limited to the USA. If you are located in a country outside of the USA, you can use this link to find a youth helpline in or around your country: http://www.childhelplineinternationa...where-we-work/
            We hope that by reaching out to a local resource, you are able to get the support you need from an organization that understands the laws and circumstances that affect youth in your country.
            Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

            National Runaway Safeline
            [email protected] (Crisis Email)
            1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

            Tell us what you think about your experience!
            https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YourOpinionMattersToUs

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            • #7
              how to get out of uae being a girl ?? how is it possible ? experiencing kinda same case.

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              • ccsmod10
                ccsmod10 commented
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                Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are in a difficult situation, and we understand it takes courage to reach out for help. The National Runaway Safeline is located in the United States of America (USA). Our knowledge of helpful community based resources and our understanding of youth in crisis related laws is limited to the USA. If you are located in a country outside of the USA, you can use this link to find a youth helpline in or around your country: http://www.childhelplineinternationa...where-we-work/
                We hope that by reaching out to a local resource, you are able to get the support you need from an organization that understands the laws and circumstances that affect youth in your country.

            • #8
              @ the girl who posted this , whats the update on your situation? did you manage to leave?

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              • #9
                i am living in uae and i want to run is the legal

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                • ccsmod1
                  ccsmod1 commented
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                  Hey there,

                  Thanks so much for reaching out and sharing a little bit about what’s been going on, we know that it takes a lot of courage. The National Runaway Safeline is located in the United States of America (USA). Our knowledge of helpful community based resources and our understanding of youth in crisis related laws is limited to the USA. If you are located in a country outside of the USA, you can use this link to find a youth helpline in or around your country: https://www.childhelplineinternation...pline-network/.

                  We hope that by reaching out to a local resource, you are able to get the support you need from an organization that understands the laws and circumstances that affect youth in your country.

                  Be safe,
                  NRS

              • #10


                I am experiencing the same thing I actually

                might turn suicidal if i stay I can’t explain everything but running away is my best option right now, i am 16 and a girl i live in the United arab emirates , girls here are treated like objects like things to sell and buy we have no privilege at all our life’s are owned by our parents or husbands if we ever get married we have no choices in life what’s so ever and a lot of more thing’s that I don’t want to get into, I’m willing to runaway out of the country as soon as possible, considering this COVID-19 that’s going on i know it will be much harder to settle in and have a life but its okay with me i know it will be better that being controlled and abused, i am not allowed to go anywhere but school or dentist appointments , but right now school is online and I don’t think i can get out of the house for much before they notice i am gone, i have talked to my friend and she thinks that me running away at 18 is better cause i will have more privilege and I don’t need my parents to sign on anything and I don’t need there permission but at the same time i am thinking of getting fostered, i want a foster family so i can feel safe and settled and not alone in this new country, so i feel like i have somewhere to go back to, i want to know how can i be an option for foster families, for families who are looking for a child to foster in there home i want to be an option,




                but of course there is the other scenario of me running away after 18




                i need to know which one is better me running away right now at the age of 16 or 18 when i don’t need the permission on my parents







                cause I really really want and need a new family that actually will love me and look after me, i have a-lot of mental health crisis of me feeling like i have no family or someone to come back to when i need support and I really need that, i need to feel like I belong somewhere like i have a home at heart.




                at the moment my money is not enough but if I actually find a family that is willing to foster me i will save money and see how i can buy a ticket i will do everything i can just to get out of here please give me you’re best advice.







                i tried calling you but it won’t ring this number is not available in my country, but if it’s possible i would really appreciate talking on zoom or any internet based platform to help me plan my runaway




                i am in a really dark place right now but im still surviving and trying my very best to do what’s best for me.





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                • ccsmod0
                  ccsmod0 commented
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                  Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are in a difficult situation, and we understand it takes courage to reach out for help. The National Runaway Safeline is located in the United States of America (USA). Our knowledge of helpful community based resources and our understanding of youth in crisis related laws is limited to the USA. If you are located in a country outside of the USA, you can use this link to find a youth helpline in or around your country: https://www.childhelplineinternation...pline-network/.
                  We hope that by reaching out to a local resource, you are able to get the support you need from an organization that understands the laws and circumstances that affect youth in your country.
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