Date Rape

The term date rape has come to mean non-consensual sexual activity between two people who already know each other platonically or sexually. Unfortunately, the majority of young women who are raped, 68% in fact, knew their rapist as a boyfriend, friend, or casual acquaintance. This means that a super-majority of people who are raped are really the victims of date rape.

Technically, date rape is sexual assault taking place during a social interaction between the rapist and the victim. It has come to mean that a drug of some sort was administered, but that is not necessarily true.

When drugs are used, the official term is “drug facilitated sexual assault.” The drugs used are designed to neutralize resistance. They frequently render the victim unconscious and may also affect the victim’s memory of the event.

There are three common drugs that are used. They are GHB, Rohypnol, and Ketamine. GHB is gamma hydroxybutyric acid. This drug is a liquid with no odor or color. It can also come in a white powder or pill form.

Rohypnol is the drug of choice for individuals looking to commit date rape. It is known as a roofie colloquially. This is the common name for flunitrazepam. It is a pill that dissolves in any form of liquid. The new pills turn blue when they are added to a liquid; however, the old, colorless pills are still available. This drug is illegal in the United States but is smuggled in cheaply.

Ketamine, or ketamine hydrochloride, is the third common date rape drug. It is a white powder that is used by vets and doctors alike as an anesthetic. Because it is used by veterinarians so frequently, vet clinics are frequently robbed for their stores of ketamine.

If you have been the victim of sexual assault, drug assisted or otherwise, you have the right to seek damages from your attacker. Contact the Lake Geneva sexual assault lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 1-800-275-1729 to discuss your situation and to determine your legal options.