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Kuwait – American Woman Abducted and Raped

I received this notification this morning from the American Women’s League of Kuwait, guidance from the US Embassy:

We received a report that the spouse of an American citizen was kidnapped and sexually assaulted by three men in Mahboula. The victim was forced in a vehicle, taken to a secluded location, sexually assaulted, and left in the desert. The authorities are working to solve this heinous crime. 

As a reminder to all, it is very important to keep an eye on who may be observing your activities while in Kuwait.   Surveillance is not something that is just done by terrorists – almost every criminal who commits a crime conducts some sort of surveillance on their target either seconds, minutes, or hours before trying to commit a crime or assault a person. 

Keep the following in mind:

 Surveillance – think about who may be watching you.  If it feels wrong, it probably is. Alert the local security personnel or store management of anything you feel is suspicious – DO NOT KEEP THIS INFORMATION TO YOURSELF AND TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS.

 If you think you are being followed, make every effort to stay in a very public place until you can either make contact with the local security personnel or have some sort of an escort.  Do not proceed to your vehicle or restroom, thus giving the person following you an opportunity to get you alone so they can rob or assault you.    

Exiting/returning to your vehicle – this is the time when all people are vulnerable because your mind is focused on getting out of the car, watching traffic, trying to control children, or placing packages in/out of the car.  Especially when returning to your vehicle, a good practice is to look around the exterior of your vehicle for people or suspicious items.  Once in the vehicle, lock your doors and make sure your windows are up at all times. 

Travel in groups whenever possible. Tell others where/when you are going and when you plan to return.

If being picked up wait inside a public place as opposed to alone and outside.

Carry a cell phone with pre-programmed emergency numbers, Post One, Police, Home, etc.

Last, think about fighting your attacker, especially if the attacker wants to take you to another location. Do not let that happen and draw attention to yourself and situation.   

July 20, 2009 - Posted by | Community, Crime, Health Issues, Kuwait, Law and Order, Safety, Women's Issues


  1. Not to belittle severe trauma suffered by this lady, but you can trust the US government to relate every crime to “terrorism” and use such alarming words.

    Comment by Monica B | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  2. Monica B,

    To the woman who was abducted and raped the cowards are terrorists. It is not an alarming word to use in the context of the message. And, why do you take exception? Your obvious bias towards the USG is showing.

    Rest assured if it were my spouse I would not leave it to the Kuwaiti police. These terrorists would have their light extingished before wasta had a chance to take hold.

    Comment by anon | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  3. I’ve been in Doha for several years now and have heard some frightening stories. However, I can only vouch for the veracity of one. A woman living on our compound was walking back from a short shopping trip at dusk when she was attacked. She fought hard to fend the man off and he was finally scared away when a passing motorist stopped to help. She came away bruised, shaken and with a broken finger or two.

    Now, I know worse things happen more frequently back where I come from. But here, it’s just a little different. So, dress appropriately and, as a woman, don’t walk around at night alone unless you’re in a very public and crowded place. And even then, be mindful.

    Comment by Tisi Furie | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  4. Monica, God forbid that anything like this should happen to you. I imagine you would also be terrified.

    Anon – You gave me a big grin. What I wish was that when people like this are caught, that their names be made public. If I were a woman of marriageable age, or the family of a woman considering marriage, I would not want my daughter married to a man who things it is sporting to capture a woman, take her by force, rape her and then – leave her in the desert? In shock, probably hurt? I think their names should be published. I think their character should be made known. It is DESPICABLE behavior. The whole country should be calling “Ayb! Ayb!” every time a woman is abducted off the streets, no matter what the nationality.

    Tisi Furie – I’ve heard a couple other stories, from the victims, in Doha. Don’t think it’s just girls who are abducted; it happens to young men/boys, too. Many girls are raped by men they trusted – someone who wants to “be sure they get home safely, etc.” Unless there is iron-clad evidence, there is no prosecution, although sometimes the men ARE charged. Again – wouldn’t you want to know who these men-lacking-character are? Would you want them to propose for your daughter? Would you want to employ them? I think the names should be published.

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  5. Why, why, why travel to any Muslim and 3rd world country. Because you have a cause to help others. Help yourself first and just don’t travel to these places.

    Comment by me | August 4, 2009 | Reply

  6. “‘ME” – Kuwait, Qatar and the Emirates all have many more guest workers than they have citizens. The workers are not here for a cause. They are here to earn a living.

    You don’t have to travel anywhere to find people raping. It’s a crime of power, not passion, inflicting oneself on an unwilling receptacle. You can stay right where you are; rape is no respector of boundaries.

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 4, 2009 | Reply

  7. I say bait them; send some CIA trained “vulerable women” in to stroll down the streets, and let these cowards attack those ladies. Show them the meaning of the old proverb that says “you reap what you sew.” When word of this got around, I’m sure you would see a drastic reduction in the frequency of such incidents.

    Comment by Jim | August 30, 2009 | Reply

  8. I’ve meet a man online frm Kuwait.Been corasponding for months now.He is wanting me to come visit him.I’ve xpressed to him how I’m afraid,an that he assures my safety.I need opions,am I being nieve,or jus crazy.Am I missing out on a chance for real love,or danger ??

    Comment by Kristy | August 4, 2011 | Reply

  9. Kristy – If I were dealing with a man from an unknown country, I would be very very careful. Without friends, without resources, without a knowledge of the country and customs, you would be at a great disadvantage coming to Kuwait for a visit.

    That’s my opinion. I have seen some tragedies because women were too trusting, and because Kuwaiti men can be very charming. 🙂

    If you think there is a future with this man, take your time. Have him come meet your family. See how he treats you, and how seriously he treats the relationship. Take your time.

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 4, 2011 | Reply

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