Rape Drugs: It Can Happen
"I can't really say for sure that I was drugged that night. I can't really be sure because I can't really remember everything about the evening. I remember having dinner with one of my best girlfriends from high school. I remember arriving at the bar, ordering a couple beers over the course of a couple hours, sharing a few laughs and having a great conversation. I remember moving on to another bar, a more crowded bar, where I knew a total of 3 people. Someone bought us each a beer...I thought she knew who he was, she thought I knew who he was....I remember having a few mouthfuls....then the evening starts to blur. I remember losing my friend in the crowd for a while....I remember an acquaintance laughing at how "drunk" I was....I remember a guy asking if I was there alone....I remember a guy walking us home...." |
"The next morning, my body felt as if it had been hit by a truck - my limbs were sore and lead-heavy. I threw up in the bathroom until my entire stomach had been emptied. My head was pounding. I couldn't understand why I was so hung-over after having consumed only 2 - 2.5 beers, or why it was so difficult to recall all that had happened in the last few hours of the evening."
"When someone suggested that I may have been drugged, my initial reaction was one of denial and disbelief. I was educated. I knew the risks. Besides, that kind of thing would never happen in Guelph. But as I reflected on the events of the evening, I realized how plausible such an explanation was. I also learned that date-rape drugs were prevalent in the region, and, sadly, so were reports of females being victimized."
"Thankfully, I was not assaulted that night. Yet, knowing that it could have happened, and that my lack of caution that night placed me in a vulnerable position has still been very traumatic. When I hear the stories of other victims, I am instantly transported back to the moment, to the realization of how very close I came, and how easily it could still happen if I were to ever again be so careless."
Please read (and practice!) the following tip list on how to reduce your risks of being exposed to date-rape drugs.
How Can I Reduce My Risk of Being Drugged and Sexually Assaulted? Do not leave beverages unattended at parties or bars
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 or server
At parties do not accept open-container drinks from anyone
Be alert to the behaviour of friends and ask them to watch out for you. Anyone extremely intoxicated after consuming only a small amount of alcohol may be in danger.
Signs and Symptoms rapid intoxication
impaired judgment and coordination
drowsiness, dizziness, disorientation
hot and cold flashes
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