My story is long and can be toxic But before I start I want to say this. See that picture of me above? That's me walking away from God/religion.
Now, please take your time in reading my full story (my blog) and please get to know who I am. (The youtube clip is about why I left Saudi not why I am doing this fundraiser.)
Here is the summary,
The reason I am doing a fundraiser is because of the fact that I have been disowned by family. Mainly for being assaulted, for being a disgrace, for bringing shame to the family name, for speaking the truth and all of the things women are to blame for that you can imagine from a culture and religion that hates us.
Financial stability has been the price I had to pay for my freedom.
I am happy, just stressed and worried for my children as finances deteriorate. I came to Canada as a doctor specializing in Anesthesia full of hope and expectations. But after a terrorizing sexual assault by a Saudi colleague training here with me and after I went to the police, reported it to the local authorities as well as the Saudi Bureau here in Canada My funding, as well as my position/ medical scholarship were all terminated.
I was kicked out of my career and left with nothing. Want to take a guess what happened to him?
Nothing happened to him.
This is the price I have to pay for being born a Saudi woman who has no rights. This is the price of belonging to a misogynistic culture. Where women are punished for the crimes of men.
The Saudi man who assaulted me suffered no repercussions. Not to mention that he not only got to finish his training but he went back to Saudi to practice and live like a king because the Canadian police literally dropped my case due to negligence on their part.
I hesitated in reporting the assault because I was afraid I would be blamed...and I was. I was blamed, shamed, guilted, made to suffer and punished.
I paid in so many ways for being victimized but most of all I paid with my career.
My assault was in 2004. I have done everything you can imagine to fight and get justice but I never knew justice was this hard to get. I have also tried to forget and let it go and (live with it) but the case has resurrected itself from the dead 10 years later.
In Febuary 2013 he (the man who assaulted me) re-entered Canada and I got a phone call from the crown prosecutor asking me if I wanted to proceed with my case against him and lay charges...I said yes.
He was arrested, charged and then let go as no trial had ever happened and he had never really been convicted before.
Our hearing dates have finally been set. He has pleaded not guilty and thus it is a waiting game.
I am no where near ready for the hell this trial will bring on. Not only financially but mentally. Nothing will be spent on me as I need/want nothing but my family and to perhaps get justice. The important thing is stablity for my children.
Power, food,clothes and a roof over their heads. Which at this point can go anytime if I have to take even 1 day off work for this trial. I do not get paid if I do not work...period.
I hate that I am doing this but what else does one do? No one has ever helped (especially my family).
Having said all that the response to this campaign has been simply out of this world and I am so grateful to all of you for making this happen. I am driven forward by you all. To inspire others like me, to help them and change lives.
I am finding my way and purpose in this life finally because of the support you have given to me.
Thank you for your time...and yes I am an Atheist.