RCASA’s Friday Facts: Alcohol And Other Drugs In Sexual Assault

In Advocacy, Sexual Assault Awareness on December 18, 2009 at 9:38 am

Alcohol and Other Drugs in Sexual Assault

  • Most sexual assaults of young adults and teens involve alcohol or drugs– with the offender or the victim being under the influence. Some offenders give alcohol or drugs to their intended victim in order to take advantage of them later.
  • “Drugging” someone for the purpose of having sex with them is illeagal and considered rape in most states. This includes if someone puts a drug or alcohol into a drink or food without the victim’s knowledge.
  • Common “date rape drugs” include: Rohypnol (known as “roofies”); GBH (known as “G” or “easy lay”); and Ketamine (known as “special K” or “Bump”). Many of these drugs are colorless and odorless when put into a drink and they cause the person to pass out and not remember what happened.
  • Even if the victim willingly used alcohol or drugs, she/he did NOT deserve to be raped. Using an excessive amount of alcohol can lead to “black outs” or passing out– where the victim will not remember all or part of the assault.

What are some signs someone has been a victim of a date rape drug?

  • Suddenly and unexpectedly becoming very tired or drowsy.
  • Feeling very jittery or nervous for no reason (increased heart rate).
  • Having hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren’t really there).
  • Suddenly getting sick or throwing up soon after having a drink of any kind.
  • Not being able to remember pieces of time from the day or night before.
  • Waking up and not rememkbering what happened hours earlier.

The only way to know for certain if someone was drugged is to be tested. Usually this involves a blood or urine test taken at a doctor’s office or a hospital emergency department soon after the assault (within 12 hours is the preferred time to detect most drugs.) The police or rape crisis program can provide more information about testing and reporting a suspected assault.


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