Drug and Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Violence

 

Drugs and alcohol impair your judgment. You may experience some of these effects: drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, lack of coordination, slurred speech, loss of inhibition, impaired judgment and reduced levels of consciousness.

 

How can it happen? Someone secretly drops a drug in your drink. When the drug dissolves, it is colorless and odorless. It may also be tasteless. As you consume the drink, the drug takes effect, usually within 15 to 30 minutes of ingestion.

 

Here is what can happen:

You can become incapacitated and physically helpless.

You may not be able to escape, resist, or call for help.

You are incapable of giving consent.

You are raped.

You may be unconscious during all or part of the act.

You may have amnesia even when conscious. You may appear to participate at some stages.

Afterwards, you may not remember what happened, who participated and may not immediately report that you have been raped.

 

Click to learn more about date rape drugs. These drugs are especially dangerous when combined with alcohol or other drugs. The mixture can be lethal.

 

You may have been drugged if:

You feel more intoxicated than your usual response to the amount of alcohol you consumed.

You wake up very hung over, feeling fuzzy, experiencing memory lapse, and can't account for a period of time.

You remember taking a drink but cannot recall what happened after you consumed the drink.

You think someone had sex with you, but you remember little, if anything, about what happened.

 

Reduce Your Risk:

Don't drink beverages that you did not open yourself.

Don't share or exchange drinks with anyone.

Don't drink from a punch bowl.

Don't drink from a container that is being passed around.

If someone offers you a drink from the bar at a club or a party, accompany the person to get your drink, watch the drink being poured and carry the drink yourself.

Don't leave a drink unattended while talking, dancing, using the restroom, or making a phone call.

If you leave your drink unattended, discard it.

Don't drink anything that has an unusual taste or appearance, for example: salty taste, excessive foam or, unexplained residue.

Don't mix different types of alcoholic beverages.

Don't mix drugs and alcohol.

Limit alcohol consumption so you are able to assess your surroundings, especially if you are in a group setting or with someone you do not know well or trust.

When drinking alcohol in social settings, make arrangements with a friend to leave together.

 

If You Think You've Been Drugged and Sexually Assaulted:

Get help immediately and call 911.

Get to a safe place.

Ask a trusted friend to stay with you and assist you in getting the help you need.

Preserve as much physical evidence as possible. Do not urinate, shower, bathe, douche, or throw away the clothing you were wearing during the incident. If possible, save any other materials that might provide evidence, such as the glass that held your drink.

Get medical care.

Go to a hospital ER as soon as possible for an examination and evidence collection.

Request that the hospital take a urine sample for drug toxicology testing to be done

by your law enforcement agency's crime lab. A special test must be conducted to detect any date rape drug in a urine specimen. If you must urinate before you go to the hospital, collect the first urine in a clean container.

Most importantly, know that whether you follow these tips or not, if someone sexually assaults you, it's not your fault. You are never to blame for the actions of another person.

Contact RDVIC at (304) 292-5100 for assistance.

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