Monday, March 31, 2008

Date Rape and Date Rape Drugs

Date Rape is the most prevalent form of rape committed against high school and college age women. While most victims of rape do know their attackers, date rape can be especially traumatic to the victims because their attacker is someone they trust.

Date rape occurs typically when a woman is alone with a man of which she has no initial fear. When they are on a date, a woman's defense can be down, thus making her unprepared and unaware of the dangers around her.

Setting sexual limitations early, avoiding situations where you feel uneasy, driving separately and letting someone know where you are going and what time you expect to be back are precautions that can be taken to avoid date rape. However, date rape can still happen.

Sadly, date rape has many allies, such as Rohypnol, Ketamine, and GHB. Better known as date rape drugs, these sedatives are introduced into the body by being mixed into an unsuspecting persons drink, often rendering them unconscious within an hour.

Rohypnol, also known as roofies, is by far the most popular of all date rape drugs. It leaves no detectable taste, order, or color therefore making it undetectable to a victim. While comparable to Valium, Rohypnol can cause impaired judgment, loss of inhibition, dizziness, unconsciousness, often time?s amnesia, and is ten times the strength.

Ketamine, a general anesthetic used in both animals and humans and GHB, a drug arguably promoted as a muscle builder, are also used as date rape drugs. Due to the possibility of serious side effects, such as oxygen loss to the brain and muscles with Ketamine and respiratory distress or even death when GHB is mixed with alcohol, these drugs are often less popular then Rohypnol.

While it is illegal to manufacture, distribute, or possess Rohypnol in the United States, it is surfacing more and more due to its increasing popularity. To protect yourself from these drugs, never leave your drink unattended, never accept a drink from anyone but the bartender, and avoid alcohol on a date as it can impair your ability to recognize the symptoms of date rape drugs.

Date rape is a serious crime that is all to often committed. Awareness about date rape and date rape drugs is the best defense against this crime. If you're not sure about the person you are dating, make your date a double date. Go out in groups and agree before hand to watch each other's drinks. Most importantly, if you or someone you know shows symptoms of a date rape drug, call 911 and seek medical attention immediately.

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