Drug rape/date rape

What is Drug Rape?

Drug rape is when someone has sex with you, having knowingly given you a substance to make you vulnerable and unable to take care of yourself properly.

What sorts of drugs are used?

Any substances that makes you become incapable of saying “no” or looking after yourself can be called “date rape drugs” .These could include alcohol, cannabis and other street drugs such as speed or ecstasy.

However the term “date rape drug” usually applies to three main drugs used :

Rohypnol – flunitrazepam (also known as Roofies, Rophy, Ruffles, Ruff Up, Roach 2, R2, R2-Do-U, Roche, Ropies, Circles, Circes, Forget It, Forget-Me-pill, Mexican Valium, Rib, Rope etc)

GHB – gamma hydroxybutyric acid  (also known as Easy Lay, EZ Lay, Liquid Ecstasy, Ellie, Clear X, Liquid X, X-rater, XTC, Chemical X, Liquid Dream, Scoop, Scoop Her, Get-Her-to-Bed).

Ketamine – ketamine hydrochloride.(also known as Special K, Super K, K, OK, KO, Vitamin K, Kid Rock, Ket Kat, Make-Her-Mine).

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Why are these drugs used as date rape drugs?

They are tasteless, odourless and colourless
They leave the body quickly
They don’t show up in routine blood tests

They are easy to slip into a drink
They create memory loss
They cause confusion, leaving you unable to make decisions
They may cause you to act in a sexual way

These are some of the many reasons that sexual predators use these drugs. The drugs are difficult to detect; they are tasteless, odourless and colourless. All traces of the drugs will leave the body within 72 hours of ingestion and are not found in any routine toxicology screen or blood test – doctors and police need to look for the drugs as quickly as possible.

Date rape drugs are easily put into drinks, food and even cigarettes and are very fast acting. Sometimes the victim is given the drug outright, being told it is acid or ecstasy. They make the victim unconscious but responsive, with little or no memory of what happens while the drug is active in their system. The drugs may also make the victim act in a sexual or physically affectionate way.

Like most drugs, date rape drugs cause a person to be incapable of thinking clearly or of making appropriate decisions. This means that the victim can be passive but still able to play a role in what is happening to them, but will have no clear memory of what happened after the event. Without any memory the victim is often unaware that they have even been raped, and if they are aware or have suspicions, they make very poor witnesses in court.

How do you know if you have been drugged?

There are a number of ways you can tell and the effects start rapidly after you have been drugged. You may feel as if you are really drunk; you may feel overwhelmingly tired, confused, nauseas; you may suffer from memory lapses.

Most victims of these drugs will be unsure of what happened, because the drug can wipe out memory for several hours. The only way to confirm that you have been drugged would be by going for a specific urine and blood test at a hospital, police station or clinic as soon as possible.

How do you know if you have been raped if you can't remember?

If you can’t remember what happened to you but know that something did happen, you will have to look for evidence.

If sexual activity has taken place there will be signs of semen on your clothes or body, you may have bruises around the genital area and may display signs of a struggle, such as marks around the wrists.

It is important to note here that if you have had sex but can not remember doing it or offering consent you have been raped under the law, whether a date rape drug has been used or not.

Another way to help you try to remember would be to ask people that you were with. Ask them if you seemed drunk or were behaving in an uncharacteristic way.

Apart from indications of sexual activity, other clues that a date rape drug may have been given to you include: feeling “hung-over” despite having drunk little or no alcohol, a sense of having had hallucinations or very “real” dreams, fleeting memories of feeling or acting intoxicated despite having taken no drugs or drinking no alcohol and having no clear memory of events during an 8 to 24 hour period with no known reason for the memory lapse.

The only clear way to find out if you have been drugged is to go for specific tests, you may also ask for the appropriate tests for being raped.

What if I don’t remember anything now, will it all come back to me later on?

If you have been drugged and you don’t remember anything you may have to come to terms with not knowing. It is unlikely that you will recover memories – it’s a bit like having an operation under general anaesthetic, people don’t usually recall memories of the operation at a later date.

If I tell the Police, what will happen?

The Police are responsible for investigating the crime committed against you. They will explain the procedures and answer any queries and concerns you may have. The sooner you report the crime, the greater chance the Police have of catching your attacker.

The evidence that the Police need will be in/on your body:

  • Don’t wash yourself or change your clothes.
  • If you are sick or need to urinate, try and collect a sample for the Police because this may contain traces of the drug. Make sure you ask the Police to give you a blood test and take a urine sample. Sometimes the Police may want to take a sample of your hair in order to detect traces of the drug for further evidence.

If you have not been able to go to the Police soon after the attack or collect samples, it is still important to report it, because there are ways that they may be able to find your attacker.

How you may be feeling if you have been drug raped

You may have hundreds of different feelings about what has happened to you, or you may be experiencing no feelings at all, you may feel numb inside. You may be feeling guilty that it was your fault in some way, you may be feeling confused and alone. If you have any feelings that you cannot come to terms with and you would like to speak to someone please get in touch. There are specially trained people who can help you come to terms with what has happened.

Date rape

Date rape is when a woman is raped by a man with whom she is acquainted. The rapist is usually the woman’s “date”.

Most rapes are committed by men that women already know.

Assault

Current legal definition: Sexual assault is an act of physical, psychological and emotional violation, in the form of a sexual act, which is inflicted on someone without consent. It can involve forcing or manipulating someone to witness or participate in any sexual acts.

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What is sexual abuse?

Sexual abuse of children can happen in many different ways: Sexual touching of any part of the body, clothed or unclothed; Assault by penetration, including rape or penetration of the mouth with an object or part of the body; Encouraging a child to engage in sexual activity.

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What is rape?

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 (the Act) came into force on the 1st May 2004. The purpose of the Act was to strengthen and modernise the law on sexual offences, whilst improving preventative measures and the protection of individuals from sexual offenders.

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