Living@Guelph - Choose Your Own Adventure Living
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
  • memory loss