• To contact an SOS Victim Advocate, call the UD Helpline 24/7/365 at 302-831-1001 and press 1. The clinician will check to make sure you are safe, then take a first name & phone number and have an Advocate call you back within 10 minutes.

Date Rape Drugs

Date Rape Drugs

Any drug used to incapacitate a victim so that the perpetrator can commit sexual assault or rape can be a “date rape drug”.  The #1 “date rape drug” on the college campus is alcohol, and most of the time the perpetrator does not need to purposefully administer the drug to the victim.  Rather, perpetrators  tend to look for a “target” or potential victim who is already intoxicated, and therefore vulnerable, due to their own recreational alcohol or drug use.  Sexual assault is never the victim’s fault.  It is a purposeful violent/criminal act on the part of the perpetrator.

When most people think of drug-facilitated rape or of “date rape drugs” they are thinking of situations in which a person drops a drug into the victim’s drink without the victim knowing.  The various drugs used for this purpose share a few things in common:  when mixed with alcohol, they magnify the impact of the drug and tend to render victims unconscious; they take effect very quickly; they wear off relatively quickly; traces of the drugs in the victim’s system are gone at first urination so it can be difficult to prove that a person was drugged.

  • Alcohol – enough alcohol (a higher Blood Alcohol Content) will cause a person to blackout, meaning the parts of the brain that record memories are not functional.
  • Rohypnol or “roofies” – was developed as a sleep drug, and is sold legally in Mexico and Europe as a prescription drug for the purpose of aiding sleep.  It is illegal in the U.S.
  • GHB is gamma hydroxybutyric and has many street names, including:  G, Easy Lay, Georgia Home Boy, Grievous Bodily Harm, etc.  It was recently made legal in the U.S. for treatment of narcolepsy.
  • Ketamine  or K, KitKat, K-Hole, Special K (and more) is a legal drug used as an anesthetic for humans and animals, and is most often used on animals for purposes of surgery.   It is illegally used as a recreational or club drug.
  • MDMA also known as Ecstasy, Molly, X, E – MDMA is currently illegal and therefore unregulated, anything sold as “molly” or “ecstasy” could range from being pure MDMA, to being cut with other drugs, to containing no MDMA at all.1 The molly market is one of the most adulterated illicit drug markets, meaning it often is cut with other substances.  MDMA is least often used as a date rape drug.  any drug that has the ability to incapacitate a person, render them unable to know what’s going on or render them unable to consent can be used to commit sexual assault or rape.

For more information, alternate names, and current info about the drugs used for sexual assault, see:  https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/date-rape-drugs.   While these are the most commonly used “date rape drugs”, any drug that has the ability to incapacitate a person, render them unable to know what’s going on or render them unable to consent can be used to commit sexual assault or rape.  Any sexual contact that takes place when the victim is in an altered mental state due to alcohol, drugs, or prescription medications, and/or is unconscious or passed out, is sexual assault.

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