Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault & Sexual Violence Facts From the DEA Drug-facilitated sexual assault occurs when alcohol or drugs are used to compromise an individual’s ability to consent to sexual activity. These substances make it easier for a perpetrator to commit sexual assault because they inhibit a person’s ability to resist and can prevent them from remembering the assault. Drug-facilitated sexual assault can happen to anyone, by anyone, whether the perpetrator is a date, a stranger, an acquaintance, or someone you have known a long time. Alcohol remains the most commonly used drug in crimes of sexual assault. Drugs being used by perpetrators in crimes of sexual assault include, but are not limited to, Rohypnol, GHB (Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid), GBL (Gamma-Butyrolactone), and ketamine. In certain amounts, any drug can leave you helpless. Note: Although the term “date rape” is often used, that is misleading because the circumstances in which these drugs are used often do NOT involve a dating situation. Source: https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2018-07/DFSA_0.PDF From the CDC
Sexual violence (SV) refers to sexual activity when consent in not obtained or not freely given. SV impacts every community and affects people of all genders, sexual orientations, and ages. Anyone can experience SV, but most victims are female. SV affects millions of people each year in the United States. The official numbers are likely an underestimate because many cases go unreported. Victims may be ashamed, embarrassed, or afraid to tell the police, friends, or family about the violence. Nearly 1 in 5 women have experienced completed or attempted rape during her lifetime. Source: https://www.cdc.gov/injury/features/sexual-violence/index.html Call To Action What To Do If you think you or a friend may have been drugged, it is important to: • Get Help > Get To A Safe > Get Medical Care • Your immediate safety is a priority: Call 911 if you are not safe. • Call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at: 800-656-HOPE (4673).