Domestic Violence Day 21: Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault or Rape

 According to RAINN, drug facilitated assault or rape is when drugs or alcohol are used to compromise an individual’s ability to consent to sexual activity. These drugs and alcohol are often used to minimize the resistance and memory of the victim of a sexual assault.

Alcohol remains the most commonly used chemical in crimes of sexual assault.  It also enhances the effects of these date rape drugs. Some of the substances being used by perpetrators include Rohypnol, GHB, GBL, etc.

Diminished capacity exists when an individual does not have the capacity to consent. Reasons for this inability to consent include, but are not limited to: sleeping, drugged, passed out, unconscious, mentally incapacitated, etc.

It is important to understand diminished capacity because victims of sexual assault in these situations blame themselves because they drank, did drugs, etc. It is essential to emphasize that it is not his or her fault, that the aggressor is the one who took advantage of his or her diminished capacity.

Rohypnol is not approved for medical use in the United States. It is smuggled into the country and has become an increasingly popular street drug. Some of its street names include…  Roofies, Roach, the Forget Pill, Circles, Mexican Valium, Rib, Roach-2, Roopies, Rophies, La Rochas, Rope, Poor Man’s Quaalude, Whiteys, Trip-and-Fall, Mind Erasers, Lunch Money, and R-2. It is a small white tablet that looks a lot like aspirin. It quickly dissolves in liquid and can take effect within 30 minutes of being ingested.

GHB has not been approved by the FDA since 1990, and  it is illegal for distribution and sale in the U.S. It’s street names include…  Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH), Liquid X, Liquid E, G, Georgia Home Boys, Easy Lay, Cherry Meth, Soap, PM, Salt Water, Vita G, G-Juice, Great Hormones, Somatomax, Bedtime Scoop, Gook, Gamma 10, Energy Drink, and Goop. It is commonly sold as a clear, odorless liquid or white crystalline powder. Because it is made in home labs, the effects are often unpredictable. Once ingested, GHB takes effect in approximately 15 minutes and can last 3-4 hours.

A GHB-like product, GBL is often sold under the guise of a dietary supplement or an industrial cleaner.

GBL is twice as potent as GHB. It has a bitter taste that can be masked with strong drinks. It comes in several flavors like lime, cinnamon and cherry and takes about 30 to 45 minutes to take effect. It’s important to note that people who take GBL may act normally,  not appearing intoxicated or sedated, but will have no memory of the time period. This effect can make it difficult for friends or acquaintances to identify that the individual has been drugged.

Benzodiazepines are commonly prescribed as anti-anxiety and sleeping medications in the United States, these drugs can be put into an alcoholic drink or soft drink in powder or liquid form. These are legal forms of Rohypnol.  They are like the other drugs described above, Benzodiazepines can markedly impair and even abolish functions that normally allow a person to resist, or even want to resist, sexual aggression or assault.

All four of these drugs have some common effects that make them appealing to perpetrators. These drugs are common weapons of sexual assault due to the combined efforts of the sedative effect and the memory-impairment qualities.

Another drug used is Ketamine.  It is a general anesthetic that has stimulant, hallucinogenic, and hypnotic properties which is usually used by veterinarians. It’s street names include  K, K-Hole, Special K, Vitamin K, Purple, Psychodelic Heroin, Kit Kat, Jet, Bump, Black Hole. It is a fast -acting liquid that can be slipped into drinks. It can be used to sedate and incapacitate individuals in order to sexually assault them. Ketamine is especially dangerous when mixed with other drugs or alcohol. It causes individuals to feel detached from their bodies and their surroundings so that, while they may be aware of what is happening to them, they are unable to move or fight back. In addition it may cause amnesia so that they do not remember what happened.

Ecstasy is a toxic hallucinogenic and stimulant that has psychedelic effects. It is illegal to sell or to produce in the United States. It’s street names include E, X, X-TC, M&Ms, Adam, CK, Clarity, Hug Drug, Lover’s Speed. Ecstasy is commonly sold as small pills or capsules and is also available in powder and liquid forms. It can be slipped into an individual’s drink in order to facilitate sexual assault. It causes individuals to feel extreme relaxation and positivity towards others while it increases sensitivity to touch. When under the influence of ecstasy individuals are less likely to be able to sense danger and it may leave them unable to protect themselves from attack.

Most of the side effects of these drugs include memory impairment, nausea, muscle relaxation, drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, sedation, agitation, altered mobility, verbal incoherence, headaches, respiratory difficulties, seizure-like activity, unconsciousness, coma, and death.  Some include loss of bowel function, hallucinations, and strokes.

RAINN’S TOP SAFETY TIPS FOR SAFE DRINKING: 

  1. Don’t leave your drink unattended while talking, dancing, using the ladies’ room, or making a phone call.
  2. At parties, don’t drink from punch bowls or other large, common open containers.
  3. If someone offers to get you a drink from the bar at the club or party, go with them to the bar to order it, watch it being poured, and carry it yourself.
  4. Watch out for your friends, and vice versa. Always leave the party or bar together. If a friend seems out of it, is way too drunk for the amount of liquor she’s had, or is acting out of character, get her to a safety place immediately.
  5. If you think you or a friend has been drugged, call 911, and be explicit with doctors so they’ll give you the right tests (you’ll need a urine test and possibly others). The National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE) can often send an advocate to the hospital to help you through the whole process.

Reference: http://www.rainn.org/get-information/types-of-sexual-assault/drug-facilitated-assault

Now in total agreement with Brother Steve from http://hopeforahopelessgeneration.com/ , I will now add one safety tip not listed  by RAINN but commented by Brother Steve…

6). Stay home and be safe. the truth is: your not missing out on anything that the sinful world has to offer.

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