Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault

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Also known as 'date rape'...

Sexual Assault is never the victim's fault.

It's important to report all incidents. Many Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSAs) are not reported because victims often feel a sense of embarrassment, guilt, or perceived responsibility, or because they lack specific recall of the assault.

Because of the sedative properties of these drugs, victims often have no memory of an assault, but do usually have awareness or sense that they were violated. Trust your instincts.

Today, drug abuse is prevalent in every socioeconomic background. The best way to protect yourself from DFSA is to be aware, follow these safety tips and trust your instincts.Predators may give the victim a dangerously large dose or mix of drugs, risking overdose.

Victims may also suffer severe allergic reactions to the drug, or may be taking a prescription drug that interacts dangerously with it. Respiratory depression, coma, and death are possibilities when someone unknowingly ingests a drug, especially in large doses or in combination with alcohol.

Because the drugs used to facilitate sexual assault are in liquid form or in a powders that dissolve quickly, it is hard to detect if one has been drugged. Looking at a drink, or even tasting it, might not help you determine a drug is present. The only sign that a drink has been "dosed" might be a slightly salty or bitter taste.

Adon't be that guyside from DFSA, some people are taking these drugs on purpose/recreationally, or pranking friends with it, not knowing the major risks involved. With "cute" names like "Kelly's day", "Special K", or "Kit Kat" or an innocent appearance ---like Flintstone vitamins or sugar pills, people are overlooking that a severe reaction to any of these drugs could result in serious reactions including unintentional death.

The "Don't be THAT guy" poster campaign breaks the mold by speaking directly to young men.

Common Drugs used in DFSA

Alcohol - is the most commonly used method to impair judgement and take advantage of others. 

MDMA (Methylenedioxymethamphetamine) (Street names include: Molly, Ecstasy, E, X, XTC, the Hug Drug, Love Drug...). MDMA is not a mixture of anything, but is a substance with its own chemical makeup. The drug induces a five to seven hour euphoric effect (impairment may last 12 hours), characterized by increased activity, mood alteration and altered perception. When supply is low, suspects may mix in fillers, dangerous random chemicals or just caffeine and/or ephedrine mixtures and represent it to be MDMA. The problem has been growing rapidly during recent years, especially in the club scene. Common paraphernalia: lollipops on a stick and baby pacifiers

GHB (Gamma Hydroxybutyrate) (Street names include Cherry meth, Everclear, Fantasy, Gamma-O, Georgia home boy, Grievous bodily harm, G-riffic, Jib, Liquid E, Liquid X, Organic quaalude, Salty water, Scoop, Sleep, Sleep-500, Soap, Vita-G.) GHB can cause "short-term amnesia or blackouts. The effects of the drug can be felt within 15-20 minutes. People have lost consciousness, slipped into a coma, or died, due to GHB.

Rohypnol (Street names include the Forget-me pill, Forget pill, Landing gear, La rocha, Lunch money drug, Mexican valium, Mind eraser, Pingus, R-2, Reynolds, Roach-2, Roaches, Roachies, Roapies, Robutal, Roofies, Rope, Ruffies, Wheel, Wolfies.) A person will feel the effects of Rohypnol in about 20-30 minutes. Health risks increase when mixed with alcohol, including the possibility of coma or death.

Ketamine (Street names include K, Ket, Special K, Vitamin K, Vit K, Kit Kat, Keller, Kelly's day, Green, Blind squid, Cat valium, Purple, Super acid, and Super C.) Ketamine is a rapid-acting anesthetic used on both animals and humans. Users sometimes call the high, "K hole," and describe profound hallucinations that include visual distortions, loss of sense, as well as a lost sense of time and identity and possibly extreme delirium. It often puts the victim in a frozen state for a brief period of time but the drug can affect the body for up to 24 hours.

Prescription & Over the Counter Drugs are a huge abuse issue. Many people abuse over-the-counter (OTC) products because these products are readily available either in the homes or stores. In an effort to reduce the risk associated with leftover or expired medications, we suggest you drop them off at your local pharmacy for proper disposal.

Signs You May Have Been Drugged

  • Wake up feeling that something is wrong.
  • Feeling a lot more intoxicated than your usual response to the amount of alcohol you may have consumed.
  • Your clothes might not be on right and/or you might be hurt.
  • It may feel like someone has had sex with you but you're unable remember any or all of the incident.
  • Feeling "fuzzy," experiencing memory lapse, and being unable to account for a period of time.
  • Remembering taking a drink but being unable to recall what happened for a period of time after you consumed the drink.

Remember, it's never your fault. If you know someone involved in using drugs to take advantage of others, report it to police or anonymously through
Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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