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Date Rape Drugs

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Date rape drugs can be physically and emotionally devastating for victims. It is possible for date rape to still occur when drugs are not involved, however, the victim is a bit more agreeable and less likely to fight back when a drug has been used. There have been laws passed and awareness programs started to help stop these predators from attacking their victims. However, that has not stop sexual predators from using these drugs to incapacitate their victims and taking full advantage of the situation.

Do not allow yourself to become a victim by understanding the symptoms, causes, names and descriptions of the different drugs used in a variety of social settings.

What is date rape

According to the University of Sciences, when non-consensual sex occurs between friends or acquaintances it is often classified as date rape. This includes when someone is unable to give consent because they are impaired, sleeping or passed out. Approximately one in four female college students have been date raped or experienced an attempted date rape situation.

What is the date rape drug

The drugs used to impair victims are also known as predatory drugs and include GHB, Rohypnol and Ketamine. According to Brown University, these drugs are used to incapacitate a person for the purpose of committing a crime against. Most of these crimes are sexually driven.

Facts about the different drugs are that:

  • They are colorless, odorless and can be easily slipped into a drink unnoticed.
  • These drugs may cause dizziness, disorientation, loss of inhibition and consciousness.
  • There may be other side affects, especially if there is an allergic reaction or when the drug is combined with alcohol.
  • These drugs cause amnesia, which can leave the victim completely unaware or unclear of what crime was committed.

In most situations, the term “date rape” drug can be very misleading. According to the Office of Women’s Health, the person who commits the crime may not actually be dating the victim. The person could be an acquaintance or even a stranger he or she just met at the club. That is why most of these drugs are also referred to as “club drugs.”

GHB

Gamma hydroxybutyrate, also known as GHB, sedates the central nervous system, causing drowsiness, nausea, dizziness, unconsciousness, seizures, respiratory problems and even comas. Too much GHB in a person’s system can cause an overdose which would quickly lead to the victim’s death. GHB is also referred to as Grievous Bodily Harm, Liquid Ecstasy, Easy Lay, Scoop, Georgia Home Boy and G.

GHB comes in two forms – a white powder and a pill. Though it has a salty taste to it, drinks made with fruit juice can help mask the taste change.

GHB has been recently made legal in the United States, but only to help treat problems associated with the sleep disorder, narcolepsy.

Rohypnol

Rohypnol is a powerful sedative that is not available legally for prescription in the United States. This drug is also commonly referred to as Roofies, Rope, Ruffies, Ruffles, Roche, the Forget-Pill and Mexican Valium.

Rohypnol commonly makes users feel intoxicated, leaving them with slurred speech, trouble walking and extremely impaired judgment. These effects start as quick as 10 minutes after ingestions and can last up to eight-24 hours leaving the victim completely unaware of what is happening and what has had happened when they awake the following day.

Rohypnol is a pill that easily dissolves when placed in liquids. Some of these pills are round, small and white, however, there is a new line of Rohypnol being used that is oval and green-gray in color. When dissolved they are unnoticeable in most drinks, especially colored drinks made with soda and juices. Rohypnol can also be crushed so it will dissolve even faster when placed in a drink.

Ketamine

Used as an anesthetic by centenarians, Ketamine can cause delirium, amnesia, high blood pressure, impaired motor functions, depression and possibly fatal respiratory problems when used at high doses. This type of drug is also referred to as Special K, K, Vitamin K, Ket, Kit Kat, Super Acid and Cat Valiums. Effects of this drug can last up to 48 hours after ingestion.

Ketamine comes in both liquid and white powder form, making it easy to secretly slip into someone’s drink. Ketamine is a legal drug, but only when used as an anesthetic for humans and animals.

Alcohol

Alcohol alone can be considered a date rape drug, especially if enough has been ingested to impair one’s judgment. Alcohol also serves as a method of administering the drug to targeted victims. According to Brown University, alcohol is the most common method of administering the date rape drug, however, it can have some severe affects when mixed with alcoholic drinks.

The following are some statistics showing the link between alcohol and sexual assault on college campuses:

  • Of those victimized by acquaintance rape 55 percent of females and 75 percent of males admitted they were either drinking or using drugs at the time of the incident.
  • 90 percent of rapes on campus have occurred when either the assailant or the victim has been drinking alcohol.
  • As many as 70 percent of college students have admitted to engaging in sexual acts as a result of drinking alcohol.

As the stats show, drinking alcohol already has a connection with sexual activity and rape on college campuses. Adding these drugs to the mix only increases the amount of sexually based criminal acts that can occur. But in these situations, leaving the victim less aware of what happened the night before.

Tips for protecting yourself

Though you can never 100 percent protect yourself from falling victim to a date rape drug, you can do everything in your power to try to prevent it from happening. Leave little to no opportunities for a sexual predator to slip something into your drink by paying as close attention to yourself, your drink and your surroundings.

Protect yourself by being alert and using the following tips:

  • Never put your drink down
  • If your drink is ever out of sight, pour it out
  • Never accept an open drink from anyone
  • Watch the bartender open and pour your drinks
  • Avoid punch bowls
  • Never go out drinking alone, always have a friend with you or at least know where you are at
  • Keep an eye out for your friends
  • Do not share drinks with anyone
  • If someone offers to buy you a drink, go with them to the bar and watch it being ordered
  • Stop drinking anything that tastes funny

Signs

In most cases, it is hard to tell if you have been drugged or sexually assaulted. Some victims are not even aware they have been attacked until 8 to 12 hours after it occurs. According to MedicineNet.com here are some signs you might have been drugged:

  • You start to feel drunker than you should for the amount of alcohol you have ingested.
  • You wake up feeling extremely hung over without any memory of what happened for a certain period of time.
  • You remember having a drink, but nothing else afterwards.
  • Your clothes are torn or not put back on right.
  • You cannot remember having sex, but your body feels like you did

What to do

If you feel that you have any of the symptoms of being drugged or raped, call for emergency medical assistance and ask for a urine screening test at the hospital. Traces of the drug may still appear up to 72 hours after ingestion. The sooner you get help, the greater the chance to find proof of what happened to you.

If you believe you were assaulted in your home, do not attempt to pick up or clean anything. Call the police immediately and let them take a look. Do not wash your clothes or attempt to clean yourself up before going to the hospital. There may be evidence left on your body and clothing that will help catch the person who targeted you.

Drug-Induced Rape Prevention and Punishment Act of 1996

According to reports from the University of Illinois at Chicago this law was passed by the federal government in 1996 making it a felony to give an unsuspecting person a date rape drug with the intent of committing a violent act against him or her.

Be fully aware of what is happening around you and never let your guard down when out with others. To help keep yourself out of becoming a victim of the date rape drug it is important you know the dangers and consequences. The best thing to do is know your limits and stop drinking before your judgment is impaired. That way you are able to see what is being put in your drink and still able to say “no” when in a potentially dangerous situation.

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