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I just found out a friend of my was sexually assaulted recently, and am trying to encourage her to report it because I seriously doubt it is this man's first time doing this. She is here on a student visa and is due to go back to her home country by the end of May. She's worried that if she calls the police and reports him this could effect future Visas to the U.S.. She is also concerned that this could effect her being able to go back home. Has anyone had any experience with any situations like this? Any comments appreciated! Thanks

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It shouldn't affect her visa status or any future visas. She needs to report it. Remind her that if this isn't the first time this guy does this, there will be others down the line if she does nothing.

I just found out a friend of my was sexually assaulted recently, and am trying to encourage her to report it because I seriously doubt it is this man's first time doing this. She is here on a student visa and is due to go back to her home country by the end of May. She's worried that if she calls the police and reports him this could effect future Visas to the U.S.. She is also concerned that this could effect her being able to go back home. Has anyone had any experience with any situations like this? Any comments appreciated! Thanks


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I didn't think it in anyway would effect her chance of future visas either. She says in her home country they usually blame the woman for the assault, so I think it's a very different view of things than here. I thought it would be good for her to see that it's not that way here. But does anyone know if there is a case brought up against this guy if they will make her stay in this country?

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They can't hold her here against her will.

I didn't think it in anyway would effect her chance of future visas either. She says in her home country they usually blame the woman for the assault, so I think it's a very different view of things than here. I thought it would be good for her to see that it's not that way here. But does anyone know if there is a case brought up against this guy if they will make her stay in this country?


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U Visa comes to mind, she should be able to get a GC out of it.


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U Visa comes to mind, she should be able to get a GC out of it.

Except there's no mention of wanting a GC


August 2000: We start e-mailing. I'm in Bosnia, she's in Florida

October 29th 2000: She sends me e-mail asking if I would marry her

October 29th 2000(5 seconds later): I say yes

November 2000: She sends me tickets to Orlando for when I get back

December 6th 2000: Return from Bos

December 11th 2000: Fly to Orlando, she meets me at airport

December 22nd 2000: I fly back to UK

January 3rd 2001: She flies to UK (Good times)

Mid February 2001: Pregnancy test Positive

Mid February 2001: She flies back to US

March 2001: Miscarriage, I fly to US on first flight I can get

May 2001: I leave US before my 90 days are up

June 2001: I fly back to US, stopped at airport for questioning as I had only just left

September 2001: Pregnancy test Positive again

September 2001: She falls sick, I make decision to stay to look after her as I am afraid I may have problems getting back in.

April 16th 2002: Our son is born, we start getting stuff together for his passport

March 6th 2003: We leave US for UK as family

Early April 2003: Family troubles make her return to US, I ask Embassy in London about possibilities of returning to US

April 16th 2003: London Embassy informs me that I will be banned from the Visa Waiver Program for 10 years, my little boys first birthday

June 13th 2006: I-129f sent

August 11th 2006: NOA1 Recieved

After our relationship breaks down she admits to me that she had never bothered to start the application process

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I didn't think it in anyway would effect her chance of future visas either. She says in her home country they usually blame the woman for the assault, so I think it's a very different view of things than here. I thought it would be good for her to see that it's not that way here. But does anyone know if there is a case brought up against this guy if they will make her stay in this country?

Unfortunately, the same victim-blaming culture goes on here but that shouldn't deter her. The sooner she comes forward the better. There are many people like her and there are support groups in her area, that I am sure. It was not her fault, she did nothing wrong.

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She is here on a Student visa and from it sounds a third world islamic country.


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In fact, the OP mentioned the very opposite. She is worried she won't be able to leave until the investigation is completed. But as always, it's easier to blame the victim and to add insult to injury in suggesting that she's trying to scam a greencard out of her rape.

There is no facepalm big enough sometimes...

Wow.

OP asked about reporting an assault and future visa implications, and some of you see the assault as a means to get a green card. The OP never mentioned her friend wants to immigrate.

Wow.


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She is here on a Student visa and from it sounds a third world islamic country.

Boily, I wouldn't have thought it of you but you're going down the 'EVERYBODY wants to live in the States' path.

Maybe she does come from a third world country but that doesn't mean she wants to leave it if that's where she calls home.

Not everyone in the world wants a greencard.

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August 2000: We start e-mailing. I'm in Bosnia, she's in Florida

October 29th 2000: She sends me e-mail asking if I would marry her

October 29th 2000(5 seconds later): I say yes

November 2000: She sends me tickets to Orlando for when I get back

December 6th 2000: Return from Bos

December 11th 2000: Fly to Orlando, she meets me at airport

December 22nd 2000: I fly back to UK

January 3rd 2001: She flies to UK (Good times)

Mid February 2001: Pregnancy test Positive

Mid February 2001: She flies back to US

March 2001: Miscarriage, I fly to US on first flight I can get

May 2001: I leave US before my 90 days are up

June 2001: I fly back to US, stopped at airport for questioning as I had only just left

September 2001: Pregnancy test Positive again

September 2001: She falls sick, I make decision to stay to look after her as I am afraid I may have problems getting back in.

April 16th 2002: Our son is born, we start getting stuff together for his passport

March 6th 2003: We leave US for UK as family

Early April 2003: Family troubles make her return to US, I ask Embassy in London about possibilities of returning to US

April 16th 2003: London Embassy informs me that I will be banned from the Visa Waiver Program for 10 years, my little boys first birthday

June 13th 2006: I-129f sent

August 11th 2006: NOA1 Recieved

After our relationship breaks down she admits to me that she had never bothered to start the application process

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So,. Mr. Friend, call the campus police, ask about it, get other input.


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Hmph.

Student Visa? Sexual Assault? Was this an on campus incident?

Darnell mentioned "campus police". Very important piece of information there to consider...

In plain English- when something happens 'on campus' where there are 'campus police' in charge its totally different then a public street where the regular police and criminal courts are in charge. It goes through the schools 'mock court system' and the statistics and punishments for sexual assaults are disgusting. Very few are punished- even repeat offenders. Its a complicated and controversial issue but the bottom line is - no one wants to be the school boasting a tag line of we have a high rate of sexual assaults/crimes happening here every year! So most are found innocent.

This should not discourage someone from reporting as there are groups and organizations working hard for change and any victim should seek out assistance and counseling for the trauma they went through regardless if justice is served on the perpetrator. (She is still a victim whether he is found guilty or not by the school or punished) And reporting does make a difference.

It will in no way effect her current visa or ability to obtain another one. If she is needed to stay longer for any sort of court type proceedings they will make the appropriate accommodations to keep her legal and in status. (whatever that may be)- whomever is in charge of the 'prosecution' would discuss that with her if it comes to that.

The decision would be up to her if she would want to participate and stay and testify or choose to leave- if it came down to that. (Something that pushed it beyond May-her scheduled leave by date)

In extreme cases - it is not unheard of for a court to subpoena somebody or to order them to not leave the jurisdiction as they are a material witness. But this does not sound like an extreme case where something like that would happen. This sounds more like a campus matter where they dont have that kind of power- so if she wants to leave and not participate in the hearings she can.

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