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In 76% of sexual assaults committed by multiple assailants, the assailants were strangers to the victim. 

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Around the world, at least 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men have been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in their lifetime.

Predator Drugs


Two prevalent drugs that often occur with sexual assault are alcohol and the presence of date rape drugs.  Below is vital information that may be of interest:

Alcohol

FBI Statistics indicate that alcohol is involved with 75%-80% of rapes.

Alcohol is the number one and original predator drug used in sexual assault. Alcohol and drugs may leave an individual vulnerable to sexual assault as they inhibit judgment, impair motor functioning and coordination, and affect the ability to maintain consciousness. Does this mean that if you are raped while under the influence it is your fault? Absolutely not!

If you, or someone you know, has been drinking and a rape occurs, it is not your fault. The first thing you should do is seek help. Your health, safety and security are of the utmost importance. Drinking does not change the fact that you have been violated. You have a right to control your body that should not be taken away when under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Consuming alcohol may place you in a precarious position, but it is not an invitation for rape.

If you or a friend has been sexually assaulted while under the influence, your first priority is getting help and ensuring your safety.

THE USE OF ALCOHOL IS NEVER AN INVITATION TO BE RAPED!!

Date Rape Drugs/Predator Drugs

Date Rape Drugs and Predator Drugs are common tools used by perpetrators to take advantage of innocent victims. We know that alcohol is the most widely abused predator drug, but there are many others that can be extremely dangerous. They can easily be slipped into someone's drink without the individual's knowledge. These drugs may be consumed unknowingly, forcefully, or voluntarily. They can be found in virtually any environment such as bars/clubs, house-parties and/or raves. Unfortunately these drugs are not limited to these locations.

Sexual assaults can occur in your home, or even the home of someone is home you trust, regardless of whether or not drugs are consumed. Sexual assault often occurs when people believe they are in otherwise safe environments. Perpetrators use these situations to take advantage of their victims while under the influence. It is known that 70-80% of rapes are perpetrated by someone known to the victim. Rape and sexual assault often occur when a person is guard is down in what is thought to be a safe, non-threatening environment. It is for this reason, understanding the effects of drugs and alcohol is imperative in the prevention/reduction of sexual assault and rape.

Predator drugs usually take effect between 15-30 minutes after they are ingested, and the effects can last between 3-8 hours. All the following drugs may be in powder, pill or liquid form.

Some common predator drugs include:

Drug and Image

Overview

Effects

Street Names

Common Form

Rohypnol

Rohypnol is legal in 64 other countries and illegal in the U.S. This drug was originally used as a sleeping aid for those with sleeping disorders. Rohypnol is odorless, tasteless and possibly colorless

Slowing of psychomotor performance, sleepiness, amnesia, dizziness and muscle relaxation.

Forget Pill, La Rocha, Roachies, Roofies, etc. 

White or blue pill

Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate (G.H.B.):

This drug is difficult to detect because G.H.B. is odorless, colorless and has a slight salty taste. G.H.B. can be made out of household products. An individual under the influence of G.H.B. may feel drunk sooner than normal. G.H.B. is especially dangerous when mixed with alcohol.

Impaired memory, blackouts, dizziness, loss of motor coordination and functioning, vomiting, blurred vision.

Easy Lay, Cherry Meth, Fantasy, Liquid E, Salty Water, etc.

Liquid 

Ketamine

Legally used by veterinarians as an anesthetic for animals, the drug has also been used by humans. Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic (separates perception from sensation).

Impaired perception, numbness, loss of coordination and/or motor control, aggressive behavior and slurred speech.

Special K, Kat Valium, Kit Kat, Super Acid, etc.

Pill or liquid

Soma

Soma is generally a prescription drug. It is used as a muscle relaxant and is also a nervous system depressant. It is often used in combination with other drugs in order to prolong the duration and increase the effects of the drugs.

Drowsiness, dizziness, irritability, headache.

Street names: D's, Dance, Danz, Somas, etc.

Pill

MDMA (Ecstasy)

Is a mind altering drug that is a modified methamphetamine. MDMA, when mixed with marijuana and alcohol is especially dangerous.

Euphoria, increase body temperature, involuntary teeth clenching, increased heart rate, loss of appetite and increased sensitivity to feeling and touch.

E, Love Drug, Hug Drug, X, XTC, etc.

Pill

 

Some safety tips include

  • Choose drinks that are in a sealed container (open bottles and cans yourself). 
  • Purchase your own drinks and watch them being poured. 
  • Don't leave your drink unattended. 
  • Avoid drinks that have candy or objects in them. 
  • Avoid drinking from a punch bowl (punch bowls/fruit cocktails often contain excessive amounts of alcohol and the mixture of fruit can mask the alcohol content. In addition, punch   bowls can contain drugs). 
  • Bring your own beverages to house parties
  • Arrive and leave with the same people (look after your friends).
  • Be aware of your surroundings.