Drug-facilitated sexual assault is defined as an assault wherein an offender uses an anesthetic-type drug that renders the victim physically incapacitated or helpless and unable to consent to sexual activity. In some situations a person willingly ingests drugs or alcohol and the offender takes advantage of a victim’s diminished state of mind. In other situations victims are unwittingly administered drugs.
Any substance that renders a person incapable of giving consent to sexual activity or asserting oneself and your needs can be used to commit rape. This can include substances such as: alcohol, prescription drugs, street drugs like marijuana, ecstasy, GHB, Rohypnol, over-the-counter sleeping pills and antihistamines, or even cold medications.
Alcohol has been used to facilitate sexual assault for years. Today it remains the substance most frequently associated with facilitating rape, and the most easily accessible sedating substance. When consumed in large amounts alcohol can have tremendous sedating effects. There are several factors to how alcohol will affect an individual: weight, height, if food was consumed before alcohol, mixing various types of alcohol, and tolerance.
Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault
In addition to alcohol the drugs most often implicated in the commission of drugfacilitated sexual assaults are GHB, Rohypnol, and Ketamine along with a host ofprescription medication ranging from muscle relaxes and sleep to aids antihistamines and even veterinary anesthetics. Specific information about “Roofies”, GHB and other drugs are available at the YWCA.
Signs You May Have Been Drugged
Effects of these drugs are unpredictable, however they are especially dangerous whencombined with alcohol or other depressants. Such combinations can result inpermanent memory loss, irregular and depressed respiration, loss of consciousnessand death. The taking of any drug affects people differently. Depending on size,weight, health, dosage and other drugs or alcohol being used, the reaction can be mild or very severe.
- Drowsiness, confusion, impaired motor skills, dizziness and/or unconsciousness
- Vomiting (up to 24 hour after administration of the drug)
- The ability to see and or hear people and events, but unable to speak or move in response
- Brief periods of memory loss or impaired