Drug RapesThere’s a long list of drugs that are becoming popular aids for the would-be rapist. They can enable the criminally-minded person to slip a tasteless or nearly-tasteless chemical in a person’s drink while they have turned away or perhaps left their drink behind while they dance. Statistically, the most vulnerable group for this type of attack is a young woman, very often one at school or college.

When the woman feels sick or dizzy after fifteen or 20 minutes, the rapist can then help her to her car or offer to take her home, where he then completes the rape. The young woman wakes up the next morning, knowing something is very wrong, feeling sick, but not being sure what occurred. According to one estimate by the Department of Justice, there are 375,000 drug or alcohol-facilitated rapes just among women on American colleges.

“A rape of this kind is just one of the many things that can go wrong in an environment of substance abuse,” warned Bobby Wiggins, spokesperson for Narconon. Narconon is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of substance abuse and addiction through effective drug rehabilitation and drug education. “Especially among college students, there are also much higher rates of accident, injury, failures in school and even death among those drinking or using drugs.”

Drugs that are Used

Some of the drugs used to make women unable to defend themselves against rape include: Rohypnol (flunitrazepam), a benzodiazepine, but much stronger than the more common Xanax: In American states along the southern border, Rohypnol is easy to get as it is sold across the counter in Mexico. In other areas, it sold by prescription for sleeplessness.

Alcohol: Its big advantage is that it is legal and considered an “excuse” for unacceptable behavior, particularly on college campuses.

GHB: This drug is often used by body builders to burn fat. It may be stored in a small dropper bottle for easy addition to someone’s drink.

Ketamine, a veterinary anesthetic: This drug acts as a dissociative, meaning that it can cause hallucinations or a dreamlike or detached state.

Ecstasy and methamphetamine may also be used to facilitate rapes. In a circular fashion, drug-facilitated rapes may themselves engender more substance abuse. Women who have been raped are thirteen times more likely to abuse alcohol and 26 times more likely to abuse drugs.

“While some women are slipped a drug without their knowledge and then raped when they are unable to resist, far more women experience sexual assaults after they have willingly consumed drugs or alcohol,” advised Wiggins. “By far the best way to prevent assault is to avoid drug or alcohol abuse entirely. This keeps a young woman safe from addiction, drug or alcohol-related health problems, assault and unwanted pregnancy.”

For more information on the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, call and speak to one of drug rehabilitation counselors.

Resources

  • http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/drugfact/club/index.html
  • http://www.library.northwestern.edu/news/2010/march/drug-facilitated-incapacitated-and-forcible-rape
  • http://www.pcar.org/about-sexual-violence/stats
  • http://www.crisisconnectioninc.org/sexualassault/drugrape.htm
  • http://www.rainn.org/statistics

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