What are Roofies / Rohypnol / Date Rape Drugs?
Rohypnol or simply roofies are strong benzodiazepines used by doctors for many valuable things to ease patient suffering. For physicians and patients, they serve as a powerful hypnotic, a sedative, an anticonvulsant, and a muscle relaxant. Roofies are a god-send for people who have insomnia that no other treatment seems to help. Though Rohypnol provides a useful service for many patients, their potential for abuse is great due to their sedative qualities hence being known as the date rape drug.
Tip: Here are the most popular date rape drug names: Roofies, Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB) (liquid ecstasy), Ketamine (Special K), Roche, Ruffies, R-2, Rope, Roaches, Rib, Mexican Valium, and Forget-me Pill
How do people abuse Roofies?
People sometimes do not use Rohypnol as it was intended by pharmacists and doctors, and the potential for abuse has risen since the drug first came out. People consume Rohypnol to get a euphoric feeling, or to increase the effects of alcoholic beverages when partying or clubbing. People also abuse them with more sinister purposes in mind, such as rape and other criminal activities like robbery and deceit.
Recreational abuse of Roofies / Rohypnol
Some people use roofies intentionally for recreational intoxication and their own version of fun. This is of course illegal, but also very dangerous as far as drug choices go. Roofies are classified as a controlled substance, but they also have a stigma associated with them due to their potential to aid in rape. A Rohypnol overdose can cause excessive sedation, slurred speech, dizziness, and an impairment of balance. More serious effects can include respiratory depression, coma, and death. When mixed with depressants like alcohol or opiates, the risk of an overdose is increased greatly. This is where the danger lies. Most people who take roofies intentionally do so while under the influence of alcohol to increase its effects, putting the average drug-taking party-goer in grave danger.
Roofies and Premeditated predatory rape or “Date Rape”
People use roofies to rape women. Countless women, and sometimes men, have fallen victim to what is known as “being roofied.” The date rape drug is a term used to describe the use of Rohypnol in this manner. More often than not these accounts take place at a bar or night club, but are not limited to these scenarios. Roofies can be slipped to women in their drinks in any setting, even family dinners, weddings, casual events, or private meetings in the predator or victim’s home.
Nowhere is really sacred, and rapists are usually very subversive and sneaky. Anywhere that women leave their drinks unattended is potential for abuse. It is very important for everyone, but especially women and children, to not leave their drinks unattended in a public environment. Likewise it is important for people to not go or take home people they don’t really know well, especially if alone.
How Roofies are Used
The predator will usually wait until the victim leaves their drink alone for even a second to use the bathroom or other activity. When the victim is not looking, the rapist makes his move, administering the drug to the beverage. The roofies are usually crushed before hand into a fine powder to make the process easier. He or she empties the powder quickly into the drink and then waits for the opportune moment to strike. He will usually wait until his victim stumbles off for home, or to vomit by herself. Some men have even been so bold to carry their prey right out of the front door, defending their actions as a friendly, caring gesture.
That’s why it is important to check on women if something doesn’t feel right about a situation. If they look drugged, are being carried off, or have someone hovering around them suspiciously, it is important to check on their well-being. The right action to take in such a scenario would be to help the women get home safe, or call the authorities if the situation calls for it.
Worried about getting Roofied? Here are the Signs to Look For
The predator could be a usual of the establishment or not. If so, they are more than likely to have caused other problems with women by either inappropriately hitting on them verbally or physically. This may also be their first time. The predator may know his victim personally or not. Likewise the predatory person could be popular of not, outgoing or reclusive. This tells us that outward appearances cannot really be used to address this problem. Literally anyone could be a predator type.
The only way to protect oneself or other people against predators is to watch and observe the people around you, a duty often left to the only people remaining sober, designated drivers, waitresses, bar-backs, and other club employees. One dynamic that makes it possible for these guys to get away with rape, is that often no one is really paying attention or watching what’s going on around them, or they are trying to be polite and mind their own business. This is an unknowingly dangerous attitude however. For it is only through community awareness and action that date rape can become a horrible thing of the past.
Roofies in Casual social setting
Sometimes if a rapist is familiar with someone they are preying on, they may try to drug them in a more private casual setting. There are many logistics about a night club that may not be convenient to someone with these damaged intentions. At home or in a private location, the person has more cover to act out their disgusting deed. If someone suspects that they have been roofied, it is recommended that they immediately call the police and remove themselves from the situation before the drug takes full hold and they are left vulnerable to rape or robbery.
Beyond Roofies: The Psychology behind drug rape
Rape is a violent and unfortunate action that people have been committing since the dawn of time. It has furthered the oppression of women and remained a dagger in the side of what is good and right. So, why do people rape? There are many underlying psychological issues that allow a rapist to dominate someone, ranging from childhood issues to anti-female views so prevalent in society.
- Child abuse: Continued abuse or domination throughout childhood can cause people to later have a base desire to dominate others. This is due to the fact that every person creates their own personal meaning of love while growing up. A loving childhood is the first defense against rape. If the child suffers abuse at the hands of care takers, the definition of love they create is often skewed. Verbal and physical domination, even subtle, can result in that person seeking to act out violence on others to compensate for the autonomy they have lost through that abuse.
- Learned behavior: If sexual abuse is normalized in someone’s life, they may feel more comfortable raping someone. Repeated exposure to behavior against someone’s moral code, can make that person more likely to accept abusive behavior as “not so bad,” or acceptable, especially if acted out in between parents or other caregivers.
Some people have taboo thoughts about sex and women, but choose not to act on them due to the constructs of our society deeming it wrong to do so or their own moral code. Others do not have enough will power, or a desire to contain it. Sometimes religion fuels this violence with anti-female sentiment, or promotion of dominance or violent child rearing techniques.
Society’s view of women: Rape culture
Many wonder what the underlying societal causes may be for men to act in such a way towards their life sustaining women. There are more than a few ways behavior such as date rape can be explained by the way societies views women in relation to men. Most men grow up with the idea of women they derive from television, either slim, and sexy, or large and quirky. Men grow up with the idea that women owe them attention.
In order for drugged date rape to be a thing of the past, society needs to protect its women and girls. We have to lift them up to higher standards of protection, care, and worth. Instead of the objectification of women literally everywhere in popular media, giving men their first impressions of women, society should choose to display its female body as strong, wholesome, and naturally beautiful. Instead of flaunting cleavage, and promising sex, why not flaunt intelligence and grace? If you disagree, ask yourself “What if she was my mom or my sister they were portraying this way?” Because the woman being objectified is someone’s family and they deserve respect and love like any human.
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