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Violence Against Women:
Campus Response to Date Rape Drugs


Date rape drugs have been seized near college campuses throughout Illinois. These drugs are chemicals that can be slipped into a drink to cause the victim to lose control and consciousness. Because these drugs have no detectable color, odor or taste when mixed with a drink, rapists can drug their victims with little difficulty. Once drugged, victims are often unable to move or even speak. They awake hours later with little or no memory of what has happened - possibly including sexual assault. Combined with alcohol, these drugs can be deadly.


Protect Yourself

Whether you're at a bar, the student union or in any public situation, keep yourself and your friends safe by doing these simple things:

• Never leave your drink unattended.

• Don't accept open-container drinks from anyone but a bartender or server.

• Attend parties or bars with a group of friends, arranging beforehand to watch each other’s drinks. If you arrive as a group, leave as a group.

• Watch out for your friends. If a friend shows symptoms of date-rape drug ingestion, seek medical attention immediately.

• Signs to look for include: Dizziness and/or nausea, memory loss, breathing or motion difficulties, and acting disproportionately intoxicated relative to the amount of alcohol consumed.


Learn the Facts

To prevent yourself and your friends from becoming victims of date-rape drug, you need to know what you're up against. While many sedatives have been used as date-rape drugs, Rohypnol, GHB and Ketamine are the ones you're most likely to encounter.

 
GHB

Short for gamma-hydroxybutyrate, GHB is most often administered to victims as a clear liquid with a salty taste, but can also be found in capsule and powder forms.

For more information on GHB, click here.

 
Ketamine

Administered in liquid, tablet and powder form, Ketamine is a fast-acting general anesthetic often used by veterinarians.

For more information on Ketamine, click here.

 
Rohypnol

Often dropped into beverages in tablet form, Rohypnol is a potent and fast-acting sedative that dissolves rapidly, leaving no detectable taste, color or odor.

For more information on Rohypnol, click here.


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