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Are you a victim to the date rape drug? It is Friday night and you have arranged a night out with your friends. The club you go to is filled with smoke and the music is loud. You buy the first round of drinks and start to enjoy the night. As you get up to go to the toilet your friends boyfriend goes to the bar to get another round of drinks. Getting back to your seat you find another drink on the table. After taking two sips from your drink your friend invites you to go dancing on the dance floor.  A few minutes later you start feeling strange and nauseous, you then ask a friend to take you home. That's all you can remember.

Below I have added a bit more info on this problem, read it and beware.

All across the world rapists have placed the drug in drinks which they give to women whether schoolgirls or nightclub patrons and rape the woman once it takes effect - within 15 minutes to half an hour - now however, rape clinics and police officers are reporting that increasing numbers of women are being injected with the drug.

The advantage of the drug for the rapist is that the woman appears to be awake (although some will pass out within a few hours). She on the other hand remembers little or nothing of what is happening, feels dizzy, disoriented, perhaps very cold or very warm, she has trouble talking and moving and will wake up, sometimes days later, knowing she has been raped because of her physical appearance and the fact that she is usually in a strange place.

How can I protect myself from being a victim?  

         Don't accept drinks from other people, except trusted friends.

         Open containers yourself.

         Keep your drink with you at all times, even when you go to the bathroom.

         Don't share drinks.

         Don't drink from punch bowls or other large, common, open containers. They may already have drugs in them.

         Don't drink anything that tastes or smells strange. Sometimes, GHB tastes salty.

         Have a non-drinking friend with you to make sure nothing happens.

         If you think that you have been drugged and raped:

o        Go to the police station or hospital right away.

o        Get a urine (pee) test as soon as possible. The drugs leave your system quickly. Rohypnol leaves your body 72 hours after you take it. GHB leaves the body in 12 hours.

o        Don't urinate before getting help.

o        Don't bath, or change clothes before getting help. These things may give evidence of the rape.

 

What are date rape drugs?

These are drugs that are sometimes used to assist a sexual assault. Sexual assault is any type of sexual activity that a person does not agree to. It can include inappropriate touching, vaginal penetration, sexual intercourse, rape, and attempted rape. Because of the effects of these drugs, victims may be physically helpless, unable to refuse sex, and can't remember what happened. The drugs often have no color, smell, or taste and are easily added to flavored drinks without the victim's knowledge. There are at least three date rape drugs:

         GHB (gamma hydroxybutyric acid)

         Rohypnol (flunitrazepam)

         Ketamine (ketamine hydrochloride)

Although we use the term "date rape," most experts prefer the term "drug-facilitated sexual assault." These drugs have been used to help people commit other crimes, like robbery and physical assault, and have been used on both men and women.

What do the drugs look like?

         GHB has a few forms: a liquid with no odor or color, white powder, and pill.

         Rohypnol is a pill and dissolves in liquids. New pills turn blue when added to liquids. However, the old pills, with no color, are still available.

         Ketamine is a white powder.

What effects do these drugs have on the body?

The drugs can affect you quickly. The length of time that the effects last varies. It depends on how much of the drug is taken and if the drug is mixed with other substances, like alcohol. Alcohol can worsen the drug's effects and can cause more health problems. Also, one drug GHB can be made by people in their homes, so you don't know what's in it.

 

GHB can cause these problems:   relaxation     drowsiness    dizziness   nausea    problems seeing   unconsciousness (black out) seizures can't remember what happened while drugged   problems breathing   tremors sweating    vomiting   slow heart rate   dream-like feeling   coma   death

Rohypnol can cause these problems:   can't remember what happened while drugged    lower blood pressure   sleepiness          muscle relaxation or loss of muscle control    drunk feeling   nausea    problems talking        difficulty with motor movements   loss of consciousness    confusion   problems seeing        dizziness    confusion     stomach problems

 

Ketamine can cause these problems:    hallucinations    lost sense of time and identity          distorted perceptions of sight and sound   feeling out of control    impaired motor function          problems breathing   convulsions   vomiting    out of body experiences   memory problems          dream-like feeling    numbness     loss of coordination    aggressive or violent behavior .                    slurred speech

Look after yourself

Contacts:

Rape Counselling
Phone: 011 728 1347
011 443 5026
 
Rape Crisis - People Opposed to Women Abuse (POWA)
Phone: 011 642 4345
011 933 2333
011 650 5050

Address:
 
Lifeline
Phone: 011 728 1347
021 461 1111
031 23 23 23
Email:
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