Students: Be Aware of Date Rape Drugs

With high school and college parties going on all over the country and headlines about sexual assaults in the news, it’s scary to image the statistics on date rape and drugs. So, before going to a party, club, concert or letting your child go, learn the facts here and know how to stay alert.

What Are Date Rape Drugs?

The term “date rape” doesn’t always mean it’s someone you are dating, it could be an acquaintance or stranger from your math class. Date rape drugs are often used in sexual assault situations. They have no color, smell, or taste, so you can’t tell if you are being drugged. These drugs can make you weak, confused, and can even cause you to pass out — so that you cannot consent to sex. This can happen to both men and women.

These drugs also are known as “club drugs” because they also tend to be used at clubs, concerts, and raves.

Most Common Date Rape Drugs

Any substance that makes you feel “out of it” and unable to communicate clearly or as your regular self is such a drug. Most of these drugs are illegal, with the exception of alcohol, which is the most-used date rape drug.

  • Rohypnol
  • Gamma hydroxybutyric (GHB)
  • Ketamine
  • Alcohol intoxication
  • Ecstasy

How to Protect Yourself

There are some very basic ways to make sure that you will not become a victim of sexual assault.

  • Don’t accept drinks from anyone you don’t trust with your life (i.e. your BBF since third grade will give you a safe drink)
  • Always keep your drink with you
  • Stay aware of your surroundings, drink plenty of water to stay unintoxicated
  • Keep a sober buddy with you to watch your back (and vice versa)
  • Skip the open punch bowl or Gatorade cooler full of “jungle juice”
  • If someone offers to get or buy you a drink, go with them (a good excuse is “I want to see what drinks they have”)
  • If you have a known substance abuse problem, don’t take pills given to you

If you think you’ve been drugged and raped, immediately call 911 or a trusted friend or family member to drive you to the emergency room. Call the police from the hospital. They will take samples of urine to test for drugs and your clothes for DNA samples. Counselors are a helpful place to deal with all of the feelings you need to express and work through during the healing process.

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