drug assisted sexual assault
There has been a huge increase in 'drug rapes' in the UK and worldwide, where rapists slip in tasteless drugs like rohypnol, ghb and oxycodone (a painkiller available on prescription).
Here's our guide to keeping safe.
Drug assisted sexual assault - prevention:
We do not seek to tell anyone what they should or should not do, We all have choices to make in our life; our aim is to provide the most current sensible advice. Armed with that advice everyone can then make their own informed choice.
There are a number of practical steps you can take to reduce the risk of drug assisted sexual assault:
Plan your journey or night out, arranging your journey to-and-from home.
Make sure someone knows where you are going and what time you will be home.
When going to a pub, club or party avoid going alone. Friends can watch-out for each other.
Appoint a nominated drink watcher (your non-drinking driver?). Alcohol does affect your actions and reactions, as well as your ability to be alert. Take care.
Stay aware of what is going on around you & away from situations you do not feel comfortable with.
Never accept a drink from anyone you do not completely trust.
Do not share or exchange drinks.
Donít leave your drink unattended, even when going to the toilet.
Drugs can be put in soft drinks, tea, coffee, hot chocolate etc., as well as alcohol. There are a number of drugs that could be used to incapacitate you; the majority will not be easily detectable in a drink.
Drinking from a bottle and keeping your thumb over the top is a good idea. Just remember that if you leave it unattended you may not be able to see if anything has been put in it.
If you return to your drink and it has been moved, looks different, appears to have been topped-up, or tastes strange; don't take a chance.
Consider very carefully whether you should leave the pub, club or party with someone you have just met.
If you begin to feel really drunk after only a drink or two, seek help from a trusted friend, or a member of the club or pub management. It is important to get to a place of safety as soon as possible.
Consider very carefully whether you should leave the pub, club or party with someone you have just met. You must be sure you have absolute trust in the person you are asking for help, no matter how long you have known them.
This can happen to men as well as women.
You cannot expect to remember a long list of prevention advice, every time you go out. Just be aware.
If something does not seem quite right, guard against the possibility of it happening to you or one of your friends.
Above all else - have a good time!
(UK) Roofie Foundation 0800 7832980
Nightclub drinks spiked with drugs (BBC, Nov 2003)
Campaign call over spiked drinks (BBC, Dec 2003)
Suzy Lamplugh Trust (personal safety charity)
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