alcohol and drugs for sexual violence

 

Alcohol and sexual assault

 

Various drugs are used to facilitate rape. Alcohol is by far the most frequently used. In a national study of college students, 75% of males and 55% of females involved in date rape had been drinking or using drugs prior to the assault. Alcohol impairs inhibitions, judgment and decision-making. Mixing alcohol and sex puts you at risk for sexual assault, sexually transmitted infections, or simply being in an embarrassing and awkward situation in the morning.

Alcohol use by women makes them more vulnerable to sexual assault. While men, when drinking, are also at increased risk of being sexually victimized, they are also more likely to engage in coercive sexual behaviors - including sexual assault.

Alcohol is sometimes used as an excuse for unacceptable behavior. When a man sexually assaults an acquaintance, he is seen as less responsible for his actions if he was drunk. Our societal double standard, however, results in the woman being seen as "to blame" for the assault if she was intoxicated. In addition, survivors who were drinking when they were sexually assaulted tend to have more feelings of self-blame. It is important to remember that no one deserves to be raped. Choosing to drink alcohol should not be equated with choosing to be sexually assaulted.

According to state law, a person who is unconscious (passed out) or incapacitated, whether from alcohol, drugs, or illness, cannot give consent to sex. Therefore, if sexual contact occurs, it is sexual assault. When there is any uncertainty about your partner's ability to give consent, it is wise to wait for another time. To engage in sexual activity with someone who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs simply is not worth the risk.

 

Newer date rape drugs:
rohypnol, ghb and ketamine

 

Rohypnol, GHB and other drugs are sometimes used to facilitate sexual assault. They can be slipped into the drink of an unsuspecting victim, causing incapacitation in just minutes.

 

 

 

how can i prevent becoming a victim of date rape drugs?

 

 

what to do if you are victimized

 

If you or a person you know might have been drugged without your knowledge and/or assaulted under the influence of Rohypnol, GHB, Ketamine, or any drug: