Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault

About Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault

Some incidents of sexual assault involve the survivor being drugged. This can allow the perpetrator to have easier accessibility to commit the crime.

If you believe you have been drugged seek medical attention immediately.

There can be signs to look for to help determine if you have been drugged:

  • You may feel more intoxicated than you normally do after social drinking/partying
  • Waking up the next day with lapses in memory, feeling “fuzzy”
  • You may feel as if you had sex or have physical indications of having sex, but you do not remember the incident

Common Rape Drugs

Alcohol

A perpetrator may serve you a drink with more alcohol in it than a person can remember or someone may not know how much alcohol is in the punch bowl at the party. For teenagers and young adults this may be the first time they have drunk alcohol and are not aware of their limits.

Gamma Hydroxy Butrate (GHB)

Some nicknames: Easy lay, Gib, Liquid X, Natural Sleep-500. This drug is a clear liquid or white crystalline powder, which is colorless and odorless. It can have a salty taste. Effects can be felt within 15 minutes and can last 2-3 hours. Common reactions are nausea, disorientation, hangover-free high, coma, seizures, hallucinations, respiratory arrest, diarrhea, memory loss, sleep-walking and decreased body temperature. There can be fatal reactions when mixed with alcohol.

Ketamine

Some nicknames: Special K, Vitamin K, New Ecstasy, Ketalar, Super K. This drug, which is an anesthetic commonly used on animals, may be in tablet, powder or liquid form. The effects may make one feel dreamy or experience hallucinations. Some common reactions are impaired attention and memory, slowed breathing, high blood pressure, depression, amnesia and flashbacks.

Rohypnol

Some nicknames: the drop pill, roofies. This drug is usually white, round tablets smaller than a dime and can come in liquid form. When put into a drink it is colorless, tasteless and odorless. This drug can create a “drunk-like” state within 10 minutes. Some common reactions are confusion, loss of muscle control, dizziness, loss of inhibitions, memory lapses, reduced levels of consciousness or complete unconsciousness. Two similar drugs appear to have replaced Rohypnol abuse in some parts of the United States. These are: clonazepam (marketed as Klonopin in the U.S. and Rivotril in Mexico) and alprazolam (marketed as Xanax).

Ways to Keep Yourself Safe

  • Do not drink beverages you do not open yourself.
  • Do not share or exchange drinks.
  • Do not drink from a punchbowl at a party.
  • Do not leave your drink unattended while in the bathroom, dancing or talking with friends.
  • If you feel strange or ill seek medical attention immediately.
  • Keep an eye on your friends. If they are acting strangely intervene.
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