Drug and Alcohol Facilitated Sexual Assaults
90% of all campus rapes occur when alcohol has been used by either the assailant or the victim.
Alcohol is the most commonly used drug in facilitating sexual assault. Perpetrators feed victims large quantities of alcohol to get him or her intoxicated, or target individuals who are already intoxicated. While intoxicated, it is easy to get isolated from a group of friends and become a target for sexual assault.
How to reduce your risk of being a victim of alcohol facilitated sexual assault:
- Limit alcohol consumption so you are better able to assess your surroundings
- Be aware of individuals pressuring you to drink
- Most importantly: Go out with friends and be sure to go home with friends, making sure to watch out for each other
GHB (Gamma Hydroxybutyrate) and Rohypnol (as well as most other drugs used to facilitate date rape) can be produced in forms that dissolve quickly and are often colorless, odorless, and tasteless. As a result, victims often ingest it unknowingly, usually after a perpetrator has slipped it into an unattended drink. These drugs are so powerful they can render the victim unconscious or helpless, creating an amnesia-effect so the victim is uncertain whether they have been sexually assaulted.
How to reduce your risk of being drugged and sexually assaulted:
- Do not leave beverages unattended
- Do not take beverages, including alcohol, from someone you do not know well and trust
- At a bar or club accept drinks only from the bartender
- At parties do not accept open-container drinks from anyone
How to tell you might have been drugged:
- Acting extremely intoxicated after consuming no or a small amount of alcohol
- Impaired judgment
- Sudden/unexplained drowsiness
- Trouble with coordination
If you think that you may have been a victim of drug or alcohol facilitated sexual assault, seek medical attention immediately!
This fact sheet was updated in 2008 by the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Inc. (WCASA).
The information supplied by this website is not to be considered legal or medical advice. The website is strictly for informational purposes only.