The Sunday Mail
By tracey Gibbons, September 15 2002
Drink spike nightmare
A YOUNG mother who was taken to hospital after her drink
was spiked at a Surfers Paradise nightclub has warned
women to be vigilant.
"I can't remember leaving the club and can't even
remember getting into a taxi," said the 29-year-old,
who asked to be known only as Rochelle.
"Anything could have happened to me. You could
have taken me anywhere and I wouldn't have known."
Drink spiking is a growing problem on the Gold Coast
but Rochelle was having a night out with her husband,
proving any woman can be a target.
Rochelle was with husband Joel and two other friends
when the incident happened at the popular nightclub
a fortnight ago.
The couple were celebrating Joel's first Father's Day
after the birth of their daughter, Chelsea, 11 months
All Rochelle remembers is finishing a drink and then
feeling "really thirsty". Within 10 minutes
she had vomited and was barely conscious.
"I vomited blood, so whatever they gave me must
have ripped the lining of my stomach," she said.
"I don't drink much, so it was really out of character
for me to be like that."
Rochelle said as she became incoherent, three men approached
"Joel said they came over to see what was going
on but he told them to get out of my face and gave them
a mouthful," she said. "I can remember them
watching me all night."
Joel then bundled her into a taxi and took her home.
"Apparently the taxi had to stop on the way so
that I could be sick again," she said.
When she arrived home in a semi-conscious state
her mother Linda was horrified.
Linda said they put Rochelle in a bath to try to relax
her but when the vomiting would not stop they called
Rochelle was taken to the Gold Coast Hospital where
she had tests but the substance used to drug her could
not be detected.
She said she remained violently ill for nearly a week.
Gold Coast Sexual Assault Support Service statistics
reveal 79 women reported having their drinks spiked
in the first six months of this year.
Service co-ordinator Di Macleod said the evidence showed
that many women had endured "drug-facilitated rapes".
"It's a rape issue, but drugs and alcohol are
the strategies rapists are using to render someone vulnerable,"