roofies and date rape

Roofies And Date Rape

Roofies Date Rape And Much More!

Watching the news this week I see reports about a bar in SIlverlake, a district in Los Angeles known for its gay community.

The concern is that women are reporting feeling drugged after drinking in the establishment. The owner and staff were horrified when they found out and are doing their best to keep an eye out for unattended drinks.

Yet in a popular and crowded establishment how much can they do?

How will this turn out?  The topic caught my attention because the issue of drugs and date rape is a triggering event in Sedona.  The story is about a teen’s response to the humilation, betrayal and loss of control.

Suicides have been resorted to by teens who were drugged, date raped and even had the event videoed and put on line.

For info on date rape drugs go here.   They are also indexed as Club Drugs.

And I’m watching a Grimm Episode about rape in the military as I write this. Season Three, The Manticore. I’m happy to see the topic dealt with for such a large audience.

Likewise I was happy to see the issue of sex trafficking, in this case minors, in the Starz television series about a ballet dancer,  “Flesh And Bone”.  Women and girls are usually drugged and addicted and consequently raped over and over for as long as they live.

Shannon Farren, news reporter, did a radio show series on the sex trafficking of suburban teens in California in 2014. Their rescue and rehabilitation do roofies workwas/is dangerous and not always successful. Drugs may or may not been involved, but violent rape always is.

Related Issues

Legal inequalities as described by rape reports in the US military, both of men and women

DoD studies consistently find that most survivors who report sexual violence to military authorities suffer retaliation.

I remember reading about this years ago, an article about female soldiers dying of dehydration in Iraq. They would stop drinking water hours before bed time so they wouldn’t have to go out to use the latrines at night and get raped by men lying in wait, as a result. To quote the response when this story broke:

“The women asked to be here, so now let them take what comes with the territory.”

O.K., so they should expect to be raped by fellow soldiers who expect their victims to watch their backs in combat?

So don’t we live in a Rape Culture – whether minors, new adults – or elderlies?  Elderlies do get raped although I haven’t heard it’s ever been  as a result of drugged drinking.

Roofies Effects

Roofies put a person out cold. At the least, soften their resolve. Premeditated rape is a world away from teens or adults who just get drunk where the issue of consent gets fuzzy, and regrets can become a difficult situation afterwards.

Do Roofies Work

It is sad to see that the phrase is a well searched one on google, that is, many people are asking that question as they consult google or other search engines, possibly premeditating rapes.

Movies And Violence Against Women

Rape, gang rape, with or without violent beating, has been represented in the entertainment industry both as a non gratuitous revelation of such events, or as…entertainment.movies and violence against women

What I find insidious is the premature sexualization of children in the fashion industry combined wih the emphasis on popularity, good looks and sex appeal and bullying in schools.

Abstinence is still touted as a religious virtue as opposed to safety of one’s health and circumstances (not getting pregnant, not getting gossiped about or cyber bullied).

Or the emptiness of having sex but not being loved. How does a youth grow up and learn how to choose a life partner? It is impossible to imagine standing in the shoes of a younger person and thinking about these things.

Men get raped in movies by men, too. Rarely though. Unrelated to homosexuality, because rape isn’t about sex. It is about power.

More may be added to this as the world turns. It’s a weighty topic.

Sedona is the story of one girl’s response to date rape. A sci fi fantasy it’s said.

Yet some readers might think it’s about a girl gone mad with the post-traumatic mind mush. Is it just all her delusion as she battles post-traumatic despairwith a strait jacket in a padded cell in a mental hospital?

Or simply stares into space numbed by the “chemical strait jacket”?

No spoilers!

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Roofies And Date Rape”

  1. Hello there

    Thanks for a very informative and well-written post on date rapes.We hear this in the news but people never take the time to know what to do to avoid being culprits.

    Date rape is bad enough, and to be raped when a woman is comatose just make things worse,for anyone to rape a *half dead* woman and video tape it is beyond low.

    As a former party animal, im lucky to say l got out.The problem is that there are so many of these rape drugs that getting them under control is almost impossible.

    Must admit i never heard of roofies but again as said earlier,there are too much stuff in the market that it`s hard to know them all.

    Rape is wrong,no way around it, but rape when one is out should be punished severely by law.But then,some women who have been raped prefer not to press charges for different reasons so this practice im sure will continue.

    1. It is a hot and distressing topic. Injustice is rampant even when there are confessions and witnesses. “Flunitrazepam, also known as Rohypnol among others, is an intermediate acting benzodiazepine used in some countries to treat severe insomnia and in fewer, early in anesthesia. Wikipedia”. Alcohol is the most used date rape drug, but roofies have certainly made a name for its use.
      Thank you so much for your input here!

  2. Hi,
    It is such a distressing topic that is for sure! In Australia they are called Rowies. Once i suspected my drink had been spiked but luckily I was able to make it home safely with my friends before I was wiped out cold.
    There were no repercussions, but it definitely served to make me more vigilant in the future.
    Kris

    1. Thanks for leaving your feedback here Kris! Being vigilant and keeping an eye on the drinks in a club is a real buzz kill! One goes to have fun and dance…now we need a designated driver and a drink watcher! Or do we need a “drink locker” at each table? It sounds silly, but what on earth does a person do?
      I’m glad your incident passed “without incident”. I wonder if this has happened to people who made it home and later thought they had just drunk too much…never even suspecting.

  3. it’s sickening how common date rape is and is still becoming. i actually know a victim of date rape and they are still heavily affected by those monsters who drugged them. it’s heart-warming to see there are good people who have drive to actually inform people about this ugly reality

    1. Hi Bob. It really is horrifying to think that a date might not be safe. To spend the entire time making sure no one messes with your drink…hardly a worthwhile experience. And the callousness involved…so sad! Thanks so much for sharing here.

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