Date Rape

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Date rape, often referred to as “acquaintance rape,” is an assault or attempted assault committed by someone you know involving sexual activity (touching, grabbing, rubbing, intercourse) without consent. Date rape is a serious crime committed primarily against females. Its victims are likely to know and trust the perpetrator. Victims are often between the ages of 15 and 25. A difference between rape and date rape is often in cases of date rape the victim agreed to spend time with the perpetrator – perhaps they went on a date or on several dates. Date rape is still rape and it is a crime in which the victim is not to blame!

Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault: It’s Not Your Fault! How to Keep Yourself Safe

Although the term “date rape” is widely used, many individuals prefer the term “drug-facilitated sexual assault.” It is important to note, however, that date rape may or may not be facilitated by the use of inhibiting drugs. Drug facilitated sexual assault is an assault in which the perpetrator uses drugs to assist with the rape. These drugs can be anything that are physical and mind altering. Common date rape drugs are Rohypnol, GHB, and Katamine. These drugs frequently come in liquid and power forms that are odorless and tasteless and can easily be slipped into one’s drink. These drugs work very quickly, as fast as 15 minutes, and last for several hours. Someone who has been drugged may appear drunk, have difficulty with motor movements, feel dizzy or sleepy, have trouble
concentrating, or black out. Individuals frequently have difficulty remembering what happened while they were drugged.

How Can I Protect Myself from Being a Victim of Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault?

  • Never accept a drink from anyone
  • Open drink containers yourself
  • Never drink from punch bowls or other open containers
  • Don’t share drinks
  • Keep your drinks with you at all times, even when you go to the bathroom
  • If someone buys you a drink from the bar, go with them and watch the drink being made
  • Do not drink anything that looks or smells funny
  • If you are starting to feel drunk and have had no or little alcohol – get help right away
  • Always tell a friend or family member where you are going to be, who you are going to be with, and when you expect to be home

What Should I Do If I have Been Sexually Assaulted or Suspect That I Have Been A Victim of Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault?

Victims of sexual assault may feel confused, embarrassed, fear, disbelief, and anger among many other emotions. All these feelings and reactions are normal. If you have been assaulted, consider the following:

  • Get to a safe environment. If you feel that you are still in danger, call 911.
  • Go to the hospital to get a forensic examine, sometimes call a “rape kit.” It is important not to bathe or brush your teeth after the assault to preserve forensic evidence. You are entitled to receive a free forensic examine even if you are not certain you are going to file a police report.
  • Seek medical attention for any injuries.
  • Consider filing a report with the police.
  • If you are under the age of 18, tell a trusted adult. If you do not have an adult you can trust, call us for support (724.656.STOP).
  • Take care of your psychological and emotional needs by seeking counseling or calling our anonymous hotline (724.656.STOP).