Alcohol, Drugs, and Sexual Assault

Q: What are common date rape drugs?
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The most common date rape drug is alcohol.

Other drugs are GHB, Rohypnol, and Ketamine. These drugs are powerful and dangerous. They can easily be slipped into a drink as they often have no smell, taste, or color. After ingesting the drug, you may feel weak, confused, and may lose memory of what happens following ingestion. People who are given date rape drugs often pass out and are unable to defend themselves. Date rape drugs are used on both males and females. 

Common street names for date rape drugs include Roofies, Special K, Gamma 10, as well as many others. 

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If you or someone you know has been given a date rape drug, contact STSM at (803) 790-8208 or our 24 hour crisis hotline at (803) 771-7273.

Q: How can I tell if I have been given a date rape drug?
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The effects of date rape drugs feel similar to that of alcohol except at a much faster, more extreme rate. People who have been given a date rape drug will black out and cannot remember events from the previous night. Many times survivors do not remember being drugged because the drug has no taste, color, or smell. The drugs will make you weak and confused and perhaps even pass out. Date rape drugs are used on both males and females.  

Once the drugs begin to wear off, you may feel similar to the effects of a hangover from drinking alcohol. 

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If you or someone you know has been given a date rape drug, contact STSM at (803) 790-8208 or our 24 hour crisis hotline at (803) 771-7273.

Q: What should I do if someone used a date rape drug to assault me?
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If you have been given a date rape drug, immediately go to hospital for a medical sexual assault exam. Try not to shower or change clothes. An advocate from STSM will be contacted by hospital and will accompany you through the entire process. 

Due to their chemical compound, date rape drugs leave the body at extremely fast rates. Depending on the drug used, it will be detectable through a urine sample for 15-72 hours after ingestion. Therefore going to the hospital straightway is quite important.

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If you or someone you know has been given a date rape drug, contact STSM at (803) 790-8208 or our 24 hour crisis hotline at (803) 771-7273.

Q: I was drunk and I think something happened to me. I'm not 21. If I report this, will I get in trouble for underage drinking?
A:

South Carolina laws state that consent cannot be given when under the influence of alcohol. You have a right as a person to be respected even if you have been drinking. Law enforcement in South Carolina considers sexual assault a more serious crime than underage drinking.  You will NOT get in trouble for drinking underage if you report a sexual assault.

Q: If I report a sexual assault to the police will my parents find out?
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It depends on how old you are. You can undergo a medical exam without parental consent, but medical staff are required to inform law enforcement if you are under 18 years of age. You may give a statement to the police if you wish without the knowledge of your parents. STSM is dedicated to helping you through this process and can help you understand your options.

Q: What is date or acquaintance rape?
A:

Date or acquaintance rape is sexual violence where consent is not given between a person and someone they know. This may be a date, a friend, or friend-of-a-friend. This is the most common type of sexual assault.