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Date Rape
By Kim, Grade 10, Crescent Collegiate, Blaketown, NF


Imagine this: You are at a party. You are talking with this guy that you know from school and really like. You need to go to the washroom to fix your hair so you hand him your drink and excuse yourself saying that you will be right back. While your gone, your soft drink gets a extra ingredient, Rohypnol. Some people may recognize this drug by its' several street names like Roche, Rope, Rib, Roachies, La Roche, Roche, Ruffies, Roofies, Rophies, Mexican Valium or the Forget Me pill.

You come back and take another sip of your drink. All of a sudden you wake up in a hotel room on the bed half naked. You have bruises and scratches on your body and don't remember much of what happened at the party. You are very scared. When you get up you notice a used condom on the floor. You are practically crying. You run home.

This is a common scene for most rape victims. If you think it's scary just thinking about it, how do you think you would feel if you were actually the victim of the date rape? The victims of this drug are usually women but there are several cases where men were the victims.

When a rape has occurred, the victim should:

1. Go to a friendís house or someone you know really well like a parentís home or siblings. You should not be alone!

2. Do not clean yourself up like shower. Physical specimens will be helpful to you in court.

3. Go get medical attention as soon as possible. You need to be checked for venereal disease. You also may have internal injuries you may not know about.

4. Go to a counsellor for help. Side affects of any kind of rape are sexual problems, fear of the opposite sex, and/or fear of being alone. A counsellor will help you overcome these problems.

5. DO NOT BLAME YOURSELF! That's giving the rapist their own way of making you feel bad about yourself.

To reduce the risk of being the victim of Rohypnol, follow these instructions.

1. Do not leave your drink unattended. If you have to go to the washroom, throw it away or give it to a close friend to hold on.

2. If you decide to get a mixed drink at a bar, watch the person mixing the drink. It only takes a second for the pill to dissolve.

3. If someone offers to buy you a drink, go with them to accept it.

4. Do not take open beverages from someone who you don't know very well or don't trust.

5. Never drink anything out of a common punch bowl.

6. Subscribe to the "buddy system": always party with one or more friends, and keep an eye on each other.

7. If someone begins to appear "too drunk," get them to a safe place. More than one attempted date rape has been prevented by watchful friends.

Date rape is a serious issue. It is one that affects many, many young people. Knowledge and awareness are important tools in preventing this from happening to you.


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