Date rape drugs are used to control victims. The effects of these drugs can be felt within minutes and can last for hours. Date rape drugs can leave you feeling sleepy, drunk, disoriented, nauseas, confused, weak, numb, or out of control. Ultimately, they can cause you to pass out and forget everything that happened while you were on the drug. A person is unable to consent to sexual contact when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The 3 most common date rape drugs are:
- rohypnol, also called roofies, lunch money, or mind erasers
- GHB (gamma hydroxybutyric acid), also known as cherry meth, energy drink or gook
- ketamine, referred to as bump, special K, and super acid
These drugs are almost impossible to detect, especially in dark colored drinks or in a dark room. They are extremely dangerous and can lead to death if given to someone who has been drinking.
Alcohol and other drugs can also play a role in date rapes. These substances can impair judgment, lower inhibitions, and even allow aggression to surface in some people. Alcohol and drugs also make it harder to defend yourself or to get help if you need it.
- Trust your gut. If it’s telling you that something isn’t right, then it probably isn’t.
- Don’t believe the myths. The fact is that anyone can be a victim, and anyone can be a perpetrator of sexual assault.
- Keep an eye on your drink at all times, including when it’s being made! If you lose sight of it at any point, get a new one.
- Share these tips with your friends. Knowledge is power!
If you think you may be a victim of date rape, call Susan B. Anthony Project’s 24-hour crisis line at 860.482.7133.