Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault
In recent years, drug-facilitated sexual assault has
become a growing concern among health and community
educators. A number of drugs have become known as 'Date
Rape' drugs or 'predatory drugs' because they are used
to incapacitate individuals for the purposes of committing
a crime, often sexual assault.
Alcohol is the drug most commonly associated with sexual
assault, but incidents involving other drugs are on
the rise. These drugs, also called "club drugs"
because of their popularity in dance clubs and bars,
can be unknowingly given to a victim, incapacitate the
victim, and prevent him/her from resisting during a
sexual assault or other crime. They can also produce
amnesia causing a victim to be unclear of what, if any,
crime was committed.
These drugs are particularly dangerous when combined
with alcohol. As with any coerced sexual activity, victims
of drug-facilitated sexual assault cannot protect themselves
from HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases, or unintended