Date Rape

Steps to Take as a Woman

  • Don't let alcohol or other drugs decrease your ability to take care of yourself and make decisions.
  • Trust your instincts. If you are uncomfortable with a date, end it.
  • Check out a first date or blind date with friends. Meet and go to public places. Make sure, if necessary, you have money for a phone call or taxi.
  • Don't leave a social event with someone you just met or don't know well.
  • Don't accept beverages from someone you don't know well or don't trust. Always watch your drink and never leave it unattended.

Steps to Take as a Man

  • Accept a woman's decision when she says "no". Don't see it as a challenge but accept that she has rights and deserves respect.
  • Ask yourself how sexual stereotypes affect your attitudes and actions toward women.
  • Avoid clouding your judgment and understanding of what another person wants by using alcohol or drugs.
  • Realize that forcing a woman to have sex against her will is rape, a violent crime with serious consequences that could haunt you for many years to come.
  • Never be drawn into gang rape.
  • Seek counseling if you have violent feelings or aggression toward women.

What Date Rape Drugs Are

  • Rohypnol works like a tranquilizer. It causes muscle weakness, fatigue, slurred speech, loss of motor coordination and judgment, and amnesia that lasts up to 24 hours. It looks like an aspirin pill, small, white, and round.
  • GHB also causes quick sedation. Its effects are drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, and can cause coma and death. Its most common form is a clear liquid although it can also be a grainy white powder.
  • Rohypnol and GHB are called date rape drugs because when they are slipped into someone's drink, a sexual assault can take place without the victim being able to remember what happened.

If Date Rape Happens

  • Get help. Don't isolate yourself, don't feel guilty, and don't try to ignore it. It's is a crime and should be reported.
  • Get medical attention as soon as possible. Do not shower, wash, change clothes, or dispose of anything until the police say it's okay. You could be destroying valuable evidence.
  • Get counseling to deal with emotional trauma. Victim witness advocates can assist you with counseling if you can't afford it.
  • If you think you have been assaulted while under the influence of Rohypnol or GHB seek help immediately. Try not to urinate before providing urine samples and if possible, collect any glasses from which you drank.