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Dating Safety: Reducing the Risk of Date Rape
Common Traits of Date Rapists
- Youth (lack of experience with intimate relationships)
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Previous victim of sexual assault
- Accepting gender-based stereotypes (men dominate women, for example)
The Role of Alcohol
- Not being able to think clearly
- Not being able to set or keep limits
- Blurring your sense of danger
- Making it harder to fight off offender
- Blacking out and not remembering what happened
Common Date Rape Drugs
- Rohypnol (roofies, forget pill, circles mind erasers). Some rohypnol is now colored. Some drinks may turn blue, but do not use that as a standing rule.
- GHB (cherry meth, bedtime scoop, G, G-Juice, Gamma 10, Liquid E, Liquid Ecstacy). GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate) is marketed as Xyrem for the treatment of narcolepsy .
- Ketamine (Special K) is an anesthetic that is used in humans and animals.
- Do not accept drinks from other people and do not accept opened drinks.
- Do not leave your drink unattended.
- If something does not seem right, do not drink it.
- Be clear about your expectations.
- If possible, go out with a buddy or a group of friends.
- Do not be afraid to say no or ask for help.
How to Seek Help
- Get medical help right away. Call 911 or have a friend take you to the emergency room, then contact the police.
- Ask for a urine test to see if the drug is in your body.
- Do not clean up where you think you were assaulted.
- Do not wash your clothes or yourself.
- Write down as much as you can remember about the person and your surroundings.
- Call a rape crisis center or other agency that can help you.
National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence http://www.ncdsv.org/
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network http://www.rainn.org
Canada Safety Council http://www.safety-council.org/
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/
Acquaintance and Date Rape. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/pdf/TeenDatingViolence2012-a.pdf Accessed November 14, 2012.
Date Rape Drugs Fact Sheet. Department of Health and Human Services Womens Health website. Available at: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/date-rape-drugs.cfm#e Updated December 5, 2008. Accessed November 14, 2012.
Fitzgerald N, Riley KJ. Drug-facilitated rape: Looking for the missing pieces. National Criminal Justice Reference Service website. Available at: http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/jr000243c.pdf . Accessed November 14, 2012.
Nemours Foundation. Date rape. Teens Health, Nemours Foundation. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/teen/your%5Fmind/relationships/date%5Frape.html . Updated February 2009. Accessed November 14, 2012.
Perspectives on Acquaintance Rape. American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress website. Available at: http://www.aaets.org/arts/art13.htm . Accessed November 14, 2012.
Sexual Violence and Adolescents. National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women website. Available at: http://www.vawnet.org/ . Accessed November 14, 2012.
Understanding Teen Dating Violence. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/pdf/TeenDatingViolence2012-a.pdf . Accessed November 14, 2012.
- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 11/2012
- Update Date: 11/18/2012