Date Rape: Preventative Measures and Facts

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Although there is a greater awareness of the threat of date rape and talk about sexual assaults is more out in the open that doesn’t mean you are any less likely to be targeted, which is why it makes sense to understand how to stay safe by knowing a few relevant tips and facts.

A typical sex crime attorney will have experience handling this sort of allegation and they will no doubt confirm that it is far better to take preventative measures than deal with the consequences of this insidious crime.

The facts speak for themselves

According to statistics compiled by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), one in five women will experience being subjected to complete or attempted rape at some point in their life.

It is staggering to contemplate the fact that almost 750,000 people were estimated to have been subjected to a sexual assault in the United States during 2018.

This is not an isolated issue for a certain period of time. It is an ongoing problem that continues to be underreported, which means that the true number of victims is never known.

Date rape methods

There is often talk about specific so-called date rape drugs and one of the most prevalent substances used is Rohypnol, but you should be aware that alcohol is commonly used as part of the attack strategy.

Alcohol is very commonly linked with sexual assault and it can often be used in conjunction with a prescription or over-the-counter drug that acts as a sleeping aid to reduce your resistance.

This sort of combination also tends to serve the purpose of not only helping the perpetrator overcome their victim but could make you less likely to remember much about the attack itself.

Staying safe

It is perfectly normal to enjoy an alcoholic drink in a social setting but it is advisable to take steps that allow you to control what you are drinking and to moderate your intake so that you do not become more susceptible to an attack.

You should be careful of accepting drinks that are being served in a punchbowl or a container that could have been spiked without your knowledge.

It is best not to accept an offer of a drink from someone you don’t know and trust implicitly.

If you can, open the drink yourself so that you can see that it has not been tampered with beforehand.

Stay with friends and people you know throughout the evening so that you can get help if you don’t feel right and can look out for each other.

If you do believe that your drink may have been spiked or you think that you may have been drugged and raped, but can’t remember what happened at some point in the evening, you should consider calling the emergency services or ask a friend to escort you to a hospital emergency room.

It is also important that you try not to wash or go to the toilet before being seen, as this could wash away vital evidence if you think you may have been date raped.

Taking these preventative steps and remaining vigilant when in a social situation that could make you more vulnerable is always the best approach to take, especially when you consider how worryingly common incidents of sexual assault are.

Help is always available if you have been subjected to an attack.

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