Alcohol Safety and Date Rape

If you are in college you will more than likely be exposed to some sort of alcohol related situation. You might go out with some friends and somehow end up at a house party where there is alcohol. Whenever alcohol is involved things can get out of control quick and people might have date rape drugs slipped into their drinks where they can literally lose control of their whole body. So SPEAK at Abby’s House club brings a program called Alcohol Safety and Date Rape to inform students about resources, how to stay in control of your drinking, and in extreme cases how to report and prevent against date rape.

Alcohol overview slideshow
Alcohol overview slideshow

There were a couple of representatives from campus resources that explained what their offices did and how they can help in certain scenarios or situations. All this was put on by SPEAK, a club on campus which recently won the club of the year award for all of their educational programs that they put on each term.

The presentation started with a guy who described drinking in general. What is exactly 1 drink? The immediate effects and how do you know if you have been binge drinking? It differs from males to females. For males though, it is drinking 5 in a certain period, and for females it is drinking 4 in a certain amount of time. He went on to say how binge drinking is bad because of how much alcohol your body has to process and how it usually can’t, which is why at least 50% of students who binge drink end up blacking out. He also showed a correlation between the more you drink and the lower your GPA goes.

He also talked about how date rape dru

Lots of informational packets and pamphlets.
Lots of informational packets and pamphlets.

gs are very easy to put in drinks, making them potentially very dangerous. Some are odorless and colorless which make it really hard to tell if a drink has been messed with. He talked about 3 of the most common types of date rape drugs which were GHB, Rohypnol and ketamine. These drugs were used primarily outside of the US where they are legal and used in the case of anesthesia for surgeries.

Ways to protect yourself against those kinds of drugs is to not accept drinks from other people, open containers yourself, keeping your drink with you at all times, always having a friend and throwing away any drink you might think has been tampered with. The same goes for if/when you see something happen. Tell the person, knock the drink over so that it looks clumsy and not in a confrontational way or just take it and leave it somewhere far away.

He also talked about the worst case scenario. If you get date raped, what should you do? You need to tell someone, like a trusted friend who would take your word. You also need to get medical attention as soon as possible that way you might get some of the evidence that could get the perpetrator in trouble. You should also take a urine sample, something might come up in it like traces of the drug so you could know if you were drugged.

Campus Resources

There are places like the Student Health & Counseling Center right in the middle of campus, Campus Public Safety is open 24/7 and can direct you to almost any place you would need. Abby’s House in the Werner Center is open throughout the day. They also know a lot of great resources. The representatives also said how one of the biggest fears of victims is feeling like they would get in trouble if they were underage drinking which would not happen. The safety of the student comes first.

Jessica from Public Safety came by and talked about everything that Public Safety has to offer. They can work a lot with the local police to get processes started. She also reminded people that the students safety and well being are the biggest priority and that students who underage drink should not feel like getting in trouble by their parents should not stop them from reporting a crime. They will also help you see a counselor, someone who can talk to you and counsel you through the situation. In some extreme cases, They can also remove a bad person from the dorms and campus if another student does not feel safe around them.

Jessica from the Public Safety Office
Jessica from the Public Safety Office

Katie came from the Student Health & Counseling Center and she talked about what she does. She talked about the deep psychological effects of date rape. There are things like Amnesia and PTSD that can happen. A persons sense of power and control are lost and it can take a long time to get past. This can really cause a distrust in others. Sometimes victims defend the attackers or even blame themselves for what happened when it was not their fault. Less than 10% of the attackers are strangers to the victim meaning that they knew their attackers. Victims sometimes go into a state of shock for a few days and even have an out of body experience. Survivors can go straight to the SH&CC for help. Counselors there will try their hardest to help you find the help you need. Counseling is not a place to fix your problems but it is a safe place to. A lot of students want to schedule appointments there so you should really make good use of your time. Trips are also paid for through student fees.

Counselors are usually off during the Summer but there are a few that stay behing just in case the needed something.

There were plenty of informational fliers and to finish off the night, members of SPEAK handed out date rape drug test strips so that you can see if someone slipped you a drug without you knowing.

Remember, Going out is not bad and telling people not to drink at all is never a good solution, but helping people find their limits and know how to protect themselves is probably the best situation. Just remember to be safe!

Alcohol Test Strips for testing for drugs in your drinks
Alcohol Test Strips for testing for drugs in your drinks

By Kevin Gutierrez

One comment on “Alcohol Safety and Date Rape”

  1. This is great information, and those strips are great resources, but isn’t the bigger issue alcohol use itself? Alcohol is the biggest preventable killer of college-age adults, and the third biggest overall, causing 100,000 deaths a year. While it’s certainly wise to see if someone has mixed drugs into your drugs, wouldn’t it be much wiser not to use dangerous, psychoactive drugs in the first place?

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