The Dangers Of Date Rape Drugs

The Dangers Of Date Rape Drugs

Drug-facilitated sexual assault is on the rise. It happens to innocent victims who are close to someone or just acquaintances. It all happens very quickly and may cause injury or even drug-related death.

Drug-facilitated sexual assault is on the rise. It happens to innocent victims who are close to someone or just acquaintances. It all happens very quickly and may cause injury or even drug-related death. These drugs have been on the market for a long time, are in your neighborhood pharmacy, and even on the black market. Many victims are given the drug in their drink or food and have ingested it without even knowing that they have taken it at all.  It can all begin as a smooth discussion between two people, but according to statistics given on sexualityandu.ca:  

  • About 25% of women report that drugs were a factor in a rape
  • Most of these crimes either go unrecognized, unreported, unsolved, or unproven
  • Some of the drugs used to facilitate sexual assault or rape can be fatal when mixed with alcohol.    “Date-rape” drugs are also commonly used recreationally, putting the user at risk of sexual assault.
  • Adolescent females (16-19 years) and young adult women (20-24 years) are 4 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than women in other age groups.
  • Most sexual assaults are committed by an acquaintance or date
  • It is estimated that approximately 75% of all rapes are date or acquaintance rapes

The most frequently detected drugs in victims of drug-facilitated sexual assault are alcohol and marijuana, but the more dangerous drugs that are used are usually Rohypnol, GHB, and ketamine. These drugs are well-known club drugs and can be found at clubs, concerts, or parties. These drugs have no color, smell, or taste, so it is hard to know you have even been drugged. These drugs can make you weak and disoriented and even make you pass out, which makes you very vulnerable.  

In order to prevent date rape, it takes decisive action.  You must be aware of your surroundings. Whether you’re going to a private residence, walking to your car, or going to a party or a club, always take someone with you. Never seem intoxicated publicly as this attracts creeps! When talking with someone and they offer to buy you a drink, if you feel uncomfortable, let him down easy, and if you decide to get your own drink, keep an eye on it at all times. Also, if you feel that your personal boundaries are being invaded, put your foot down and tell that person to leave you alone. If that person doesn’t allow you to say no, they are not worth your time. If it gets to the point where he crosses the line, then it is time to leave. The last thing you need is to be found trapped in an unknown place where the guy is going to attack you, so when leaving a public place or party, always make sure your friends escort you out, and never give private information like where you are going or where you live.  It is a good idea to study up on this topic and be aware that date rape happens and that the drugs that are used are dangerous.

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