Date Rape Drugs

Date Rape Drugs
Drink spiking has been on the increase and is most dangerous.  You ladies, should never leave your drinks unguarded in public places.   Beware!   cheers!  

What’s the difference between drunken sex and date rape?

If a woman says yes, it’s not rape. If a woman is drunk and says yes, and has no regrets later, it’s drunken sex. If a woman is drunk and says yes, but later has regrets, it’s date rape.

When people think of rape, they might think of a stranger jumping out of a shadowy place and sexually attacking someone. But it’s not only strangers who rape. In fact, about half of all people who are raped know the person who attacked them.

Most friendships, acquaintances, and dates never lead to violence, of course. But, sadly, sometimes it happens. When forced sex occurs between two people who already know each other, it is known as date rape or acquaintance rape.

Date Rape

Even if the two people know each other well, and even if they were intimate or had sex before, no one has the right to force a sexual act on another person against his or her will.
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.(special K)

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.

Girls and women are most often raped – one in three women will be sexually assaulted in her life. Guys can also be raped, though: 7% to 10% of rape victims are male.

You may hear some people say that those who have been raped were somehow “asking for it” because of the clothes they wore or the way they acted. That’s wrong: The person who is raped is not to blame. Rape is always the fault of the rapist. And that’s also the case when two people are dating – or even in an intimate relationship. One person never owes the other person sex. If sex is forced against someone’s will, that’s rape.

Even though rape involves forced sex, rape is not about sex or passion. Rape has nothing to do with love. Rape is an act of aggression and violence.

Healthy relationships involve respect – including respect for the feelings of others. Someone who really cares about you will respect your wishes and not force or pressure you to have sex.

GHB can cause these problems:

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

Rohypnol

Rohypnol can cause these problems:

Clonazepam and Alprazolam

These two drugs are taking the place of Rohypnol abuse in some areas of the United States now. Clonazepam is marketed as Klonopin in the United States and Rivotril in Mexico. Alprazolam is marketed as Xanax. These drugs offer very similar affects compared to Rohypnol when used and when abused can cause dependency and addiction

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

Here are some things teen girls and guys can do to protect themselves against date rape drugs:

Keep your drink with you at all times, even when you go to the bathroom.
Don’t drink from punch bowls.
Don’t accept drinks from others.
Only drink from containers you opened yourself.
Don’t drink things that taste or look funny.
Don’t drink alcohol or use drugs.
Go to parties with friends and watch out for each other.
Be clear about your standards and limits, and avoid people who pressure you to change them.
Stay away from people and situations that make you feel uncomfortable.
Don’t go off alone with anyone you don’t know well.

If Date Rape Happens . . .

Get help. Don’t isolate yourself, don’t feel guilty, and don’t try to ignore it. It is a crime and should be reported.

Get medical attention as soon as possible. Do not shower, wash, douche, or change your clothes. Valuable evidence could be destroyed.

Get counseling to deal with the emotional trauma.

If you think you’ve been assaulted while under the influence of Rohypnol or GHB, seek help immediately, try not to urinate before providing urine samples and, if possible, collect any glasses from which you drank.

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