Department of Justice
Did you know these facts about rape in the U.S.?
1. Low estimate of the number of women, according to the Department of Justice, raped every year: 300,000.
2. High estimate of the number of women raped: 1.3 million.
3. Percentage of rapes not reported: 54 percent.
A popular method used to subdue victims is a date rape drug. These drugs are powerful and dangerous. They can be slipped into your drink when you’re not looking. The drugs often have no color, smell, or taste. They make you weak and confused or even pass out. Three of the most common date rape drugs are Rohypnol, GHB, and Ketamine. These drugs are also known as “club drugs” because they tend to be used at dance clubs, concerts, and raves. The effect of these drugs can be felt as soon as 15 minutes, and last for several hours.
How to protect yourself from becoming a victim: not accepting drinks from other people, keeping your drink with you at all times, open containers yourself, go with the person that offers to get you a drink, and don’t drink anything that tastes or smells strange. We all would like to trust people when dealing with strangers and socializing, but this could lead to a traumatic situation.
If you’ve ever faced this situation and need someone to talk to about it call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE. When going out, bring someone you can trust with you. Protect yourself while having a good time.