CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

November 20, 2013

Date Rape Prevention Strips & Coasters


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONSMovicons2-hugsandkisses(3)Hug for Jordan, my 16-year-old granddaughter

DATE RAPE PREVENTION STRIPS & COASTERS

I wrote this piece in 2003, but believe it is still relevant today. The drink being consumed by a woman does not have to be alcoholic. Women of any age in any setting should heed the advice in the following writing.

How can a girl protect  herself when a quick, underhanded move from a devious male slips a drug into her drink—even while she’s holding it?

  • Odorless, almost colorless, roofies or date rape drugs can be mixed in a drink without your knowledge. Perpetrators target unsuspecting victims, who become helpless once they consume the drugged drink. The amnestic effect allows the perpetrators to rob, rape, or otherwise harm the victim without the victim being able to remember exactly what happened, but the reminders can last for years.

She can do what is the difficult and impractical, because even a momentary distraction provides a perpetrator the instant he needs to sabotage her drink with physically and mentally disabling drugs such as gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and ketamine. She can—and must—monitor her beverage constantly.

These tasteless, colorless, odorless drugs render a woman severely impaired, even unconscious. Victims become vulnerable to sexual assaults they cannot remember, although they know something happened.

Other defenses include refusing drinks from strangers, drinking only beverages you open yourself, and using the buddy system.

Is that all a woman can do to protect herself?

Recently a business magazine article describing effective practices of new businesses informed me of another defense. The company produces a Date-Rape Drug Personal Test Kit. It includes a business-card sized test strip designed to reveal the presence of the above two major date-rape drugs.

I was amazed such a product existed and amazed I had to discover the information from a chance encounter with a business magazine. And I was appalled I hadn’t learned about it in magazine or newspaper articles geared toward informing young women about date-rape drugs and how to protect    themselves from becoming a victim.

I next researched the Internet, where I read about 15-year old Samantha Reid. She died January 17, 1999 after a lethal substance was slipped into her Mountain Due while she partied with friends.

The date-rape drug-tester is a tool to prevent this from happening to you. You must also be knowledgeable of other protections and cautious enough to submit to them.

  • Drink Safe Technologies offers you the opportunity to safe guard your own drink by using our Drink Safe Coaster or Test Kit. With just put 1 drop from the drink on these coasters or cards and you will instantly know if your drink has been spiked

Use of the date-rape drug-detector is not foolproof. It can give a false sense of security because it doesn’t reveal other date-rape drugs and false positives can occur. However, it does provide one more tool to reduce a woman’s risk of becoming a victim.

Further information is available by contacting Drink Safe Technology by snail-mail or on the Internet.

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(A NaBloPoMo post)

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