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23/01/2019

Date-Rape Drugs: Protecting Yourself

Filed under: Date Rape,Date Rape Drugs Informatiion,women's Self-Defense — peppereyes @ 3:35 PM

 What they are and the steps to staying safe from becoming a date rape victim.a-group-of-college-students-having-a-good-time-at-a-party-drinking
For many years a new kind of rape threat has reared it’s ugly head at bars, on college campuses, at house parties, and in various nightclubs – they can be called “predator” or “date rape” drugs. You may have heard of them, but what exactly are date rape drugs? Strictly speaking, any substance that renders a person incapable of saying no or asserting yourself and your needs can be used to commit the act of sexual rape. This can include items such as alcohol, marijuana or other street drugs, designer or club drugs like ecstasy, over-the-counter sleeping pills, and antihistamines, even cold medications. However, the term “date rape drug” usually applies to drugs like Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate (GHB), Rohypnol, and Ketamine Hydrochloride. Listed below are the various types of “Date Rape Drugs” and how they are used.

Alcohol
When people hear the phrase “date rape drug,” alcohol isn’t usually what comes to mind. But, as these statistics show, the link between alcohol and campus sexual assaults is evident:

  • 90% of all campus rapes occur when alcohol has been used by either the assailant or the victim.
  • 55% of female students and 75% of male students involved in acquaintance rape admit to having been drinking or using drugs when the incident occurred.
  • As many as 70% of college students admit to having engaged in sexual activity primarily as a result of being under the influence of alcohol, or to having sex they wouldn’t have had if they had been sober.

Understanding the effects of alcohol on your body, limiting your alcohol consumption and avoiding drinking games are some of the ways you can decrease the risk of sexual assault. Know what alcohol can do to you can help in you in the following ways:
1. You can make a more informed decision about whether or not to drink.
2. You can recognize the warning signs of dangerous intoxication and call EMS for a friend.
3. You can reduce the risks associated with using alcohol, including injury, unwanted sex and being a victim of crime.
4. If you choose to drink, you can make safer decisions about drinking.
5. You can get help for yourself or for a friend.

GHB
GHB stands for gamma hydroxybutyrate, a central nervous system sedative often referred to by other names such as “Liquid Ecstasy” or “Grievous Bodily Harm.” GHB can produce drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, unconsciousness, seizures, severe respiratory depression, and coma. An overdose of GHB can occur quickly and can be fatal. GHB is typically an odorless, colorless liquid, with a slightly salty taste. It is classified as a sedative and is in the same drug family as Rohypnol and ketamine.

GHB is used as a general anesthetic in Europe; however, the drug is illegal in the US. It has been used in this country as a date rape drug: it can be slipped into a victim’s drink, causing dizziness, confusion, drowsiness and sometimes loss of consciousness. When GHB is combined with alcohol, it is especially dangerous because the combination of two depressants can lead to overdose.

GHB is generally taken in a liquid form, though it is sometimes found in powder, tablet, or capsules. Since in its liquid form, the strength of GHB varies, and people’s reactions to it varies it is very easy to take a dangerous dose of this drug. The effects of the drug begin 10 to 20 minutes after taking it and last up to 4 hours.

Rohypnol
Rohypnol is a brand name for a powerful sedative that is often referred to as “roofies.” Rohypnol is not legally available for prescription in the US and so just having it in your possession signals intent to commit a crime. Rohypnol may cause users to feel intoxicated; they may have slurred speech, impaired judgment, and difficulty walking. The effects are often felt within 10 minutes and can last up to 8 hours. Rohypnol can cause deep sedation, respiratory distress, and blackouts that can last up to 24 hours. Though it has gained popularity as a recreational drug. Colorless and odorless, it has been linked to numerous incidents of sexual assault because it is a fast-acting sleeping pill that can be slipped into a drink and leave the victim with little or no memory of the incident. The drug has been changed to leave telltale blue floating particles when mixed with liquids. If you see these in your drink, do not drink it. Get help and notify Police and Security immediately.

Ketamine
Ketamine is an injectable anesthetic that is intended for veterinary use. It is also known as Special K, K, Vitamin K or Cat Valiums. At high doses, ketamine can cause delirium, amnesia, impaired motor function, high blood pressure, depression, and potentially fatal respiratory problems. Low-dose intoxication from ketamine results in impaired attention, learning ability, and memory. It is most commonly used by veterinarians on large animals today. In the 1980s it began to be used recreationally as an intoxicant.
Ketamine is either sold as a dry white powder or a clear liquid (in its original pharmaceutical packaging). The powder is made by drying the liquid. The residue from this drying process is then crushed and snorted in small doses (called bumps). In rare cases, ketamine is injected intramuscularly or smoked with tobacco or marijuana. Whether smoked or snorted, the effects begin in a few minutes and last less than an hour.

Why Rohypnol, GHB and Ketamine are used in Date Rapes:
While many sedatives have been used as date-rape drugs, Rohypnol, GHB and Ketamine are the ones you are most likely to encounter.

They are easy to administer. (Stir and dissolve)
When victims feel the effects, they often leave and are caught alone and vulnerable.
If victims ‘come to’ during an assault, the drugs render them totally helpless and unable to do anything.
GHB – is most often administered to victims as a clear liquid with a salty taste, but can also be found in capsule and powder forms.

Ketamine – Administered in liquid, tablet and powder form, Ketamine is a fast-acting general anesthetic often used by veterinarians.

Rohypnol – Often dropped into beverages in tablet form, Rohypnol is a potent and fast-acting sedative that dissolves rapidly, leaving no detectable taste, color or odor.

When victims are raped, they doubt their experience because of the impaired memory of it.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

PepperEyes.com desires that no one falls prey to a data rate drug and we recommend that you take all precautions to not become their next victim.

Whether you are at a bar, the student union or any public situation, keep yourself and your friends safe by doing these simple things:

  • Never leave a drink unattended. NEVER.
  • Do not accept a drink from anyone you would not “put your life into their hands.” Remember, any stranger or casual acquaintance could be suspect. Even those people who are mixing or pouring drinks.)
  • If you are feeling sick or dizzy while out socially, go to someone you KNOW and TRUST. If there is no person you can talk to about your condition, call someone on the phone. Never leave alone or with a stranger. NEVER. (The intent of date rape drugs is to get you isolated and then to assault you.) If you think you have been drugged and cannot tell or call someone, call 911. A blood sample can be collected and appropriate tests run.
  • Remember, alcohol greatly increases the effects of these drugs. The mixture could be lethal.
  • Attend parties or bars with a group of friends, arranging beforehand to watch each other’s drinks. If you arrive as a group, leave as a group.
  • Watch out for your friends. If a friend shows symptoms of date-rape drug ingestion, seek medical attention immediately.
    Signs to look for include: Dizziness and/or nausea, memory loss, breathing or motion difficulties, and acting disproportionately intoxicated relative to the amount of alcohol consumed.
  • To prevent yourself and your friends from becoming victims of date-rape drug, you need to know what you are up against.
  • There are Drink testing Kits you can purchase

 

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products Store is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high-quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information on the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option. – Victor Swindell

 

25/07/2018

College Safety Products and Tips


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02/04/2014

Let’s Promote Sexual Assault Awareness Month


Sexual Assault Awareness Month

In the United States April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).

During SAAM activists raise awareness about sexual violence and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent it.  Let’s help to greatly reduce Sexual Assaults, buy passing on valuable information.  If you search this Blog for Sexual Assault you can send the article links to your friends, and cross-post them on Social media, or use the links at the bottom of the Articles to help educate the population.

By working together and pooling our collective abilities, contacts and other resources during the month of April, we can highlight sexual violence as a major public health, human rights, and social justice issue and reinforce the need for prevention efforts.

Let’s Help Promote and Discuss Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high-quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option. – written by Victor Swindell

05/04/2011

The Different Types of Sexual Assault


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. What do you know about Sexual Assault and its various forms?

Here are some facts on Sexual Assault in the United States.

  • Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.
  • 1 in every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.
  • 1 in 4 women in college reported experiencing an attempted or a completed rape in college.
  • 80% – 90% of sexual assault survivors know their perpetrator.

Sexual assault can come in various forms. In order to better inform you of what it entails, we have included definitions of different types of sexual assault, as well as other kinds of violence that often arise hand-in-hand with sexual assault.

What is Sexual Assault

The exact definition of “rape,” “sexual assault,” “sexual abuse” and similar terms varies by state. The term can get confusing, since each state often uses different words to mean the same thing or use the same words to describe different things. So, for a precise legal definition, you need to check the law in your state. But here are some general guidelines based on the definitions used by the U.S. Justice Department.

Sexual assault is unwanted sexual contact that stops short of rape (vaginal, anal, or oral penetration) or attempted rape. This includes sexual touching and fondling. (In some states this term interchangeably with rape.)

Rape is forced sexual intercourse, including vaginal, anal, or oral penetration. Penetration may be by a body part or an object.

Some examples of sexual assault are voyeurism (peeping Tom), when a person sees private sexual acts; exhibitionism, when a person exposes him or herself in public or self pleasure his or herself in public (etc).; incest, when there are sexual relations among members of a same family; and sexual harassment. The sick people who commit these crimes DO EXISTS in our Society in all social, race, financial, religious or other human groups. These crimes may occur in various circumstances. You can be attacked by someone you do not know in a lonely place, on a planned date or even in the home of someone that you know. Statistically 60% of the victims know their offender.

If you or someone that you know have suffered any kind of sexual assault, do not hesitate to denounce these criminal acts. Contact your local law enforcement agency (campus police, city police, or sheriff) and report the crime. Sadly almost 60% of these crimes are NEVER reported.

Sexual assault includes:
• Rape—sexual intercourse against a person’s will
• Forcible sodomy—anal or oral sex against a person’s will
• Forcible object penetration—penetrating someone’s vagina or anus, or causing that person to penetrate her or himself, against that person’s will
• Marital rape
• Unwanted sexual touching
• Sexual contact with minors, whether consensual or not (Child sexual abuse)
• Incest (Sexual intercourse or sexual intrusion between family members.)
• Any unwanted or coerced sexual contact (Sexual harassment)

What to Do if Someone You Know is Sexually Assaulted

  • Believe them -A person has very little to gain by making up a story about sexual assault. (though it can be used as a weapon)
  • Listen to them.- A victim of sexual assault needs someone who will listen to what they have to say without blame or judgment.
  • COMFORT THEM: – Tell them you care about them and want to help. Ask how you can help.
  • Do not tell them what to do. – A person who has been sexually assaulted has had every ounce of power and control stripped from them. They only way they are going to gain that power back is by making decisions for themselves.
  • Give them information, provide them options, but don’t tell them what to do. A great place to get information is your local sexual assault center.

Get Help for Sexual Assault:

Take steps right away if you’ve been sexually assaulted:

  • Get away from the attacker to a safe place as fast as you can. Then call 911 or the police.
  • Call a friend or family member you trust. You also can call a crisis center or a hotline to talk with a counselor.
    One hotline is the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673). 

    Feelings of shame, guilt, fear, and shock are normal. It is important to get counseling from a trusted professional.

     

  • Do not wash, comb, or clean any part of your body. Do not change clothes if possible, so the hospital staff can collect evidence. Do not touch or change anything at the scene of the assault.
  • Go to your nearest hospital emergency room as soon as possible. You need to be examined and treated for any injuries you may have. Ask to be screened for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and for emergency contraception to help prevent pregnancy. The doctor will collect evidence using a rape kit to find fibers, hairs, saliva, semen, or clothing that the attacker may have left behind.
  • You or the hospital staff can call the police from the emergency room to file a report.
  • Ask the hospital staff about possible support groups you can attend right away.
  • Get Counseling – Organizations like RAINN and PAR exists to help you. Your local police may have the names of local organization.

PepperEyes.com
is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable personal protection products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for yourself, your home or your business, buy our high quality discount personal protection products and arm yourself with the knowledge of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.
– Victor Swindell

27/10/2010

Halloween Safety Tips for college aged women


I remember how much fun Halloween was when I was in college. There was costumes, parties and some mayhem. It has to be noted that in today’s world not every scream is from an innocent trick or innocent fright. There are those who use this opportunity to prey on their victims.

Pass them along to a college aged young lady you care about if they don’t apply to you. 

Halloween Safety Tips

  • Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe at any point during Halloween go with that feeling
  • Avoid being alone or isolated with a monster you don’t know well. Let a trusted friend know where you are and whom you are with.
  • If you’re running from the monster, expect to trip or fall down at least twice, more if you are of the female persuasion. Also note that, despite the fact that you are running and the monster is merely shambling along, it’s still moving fast enough to catch up with you.
  • (Part two) When you have the benefit of numbers, NEVER pair off and go alone .. you may never come back
  • Do not search the basement, especially if the power has gone out.
  • If appliances start operating by themselves, do not check for short circuits. Again, get out.
  • Always carry emergency cash and keep phone numbers for local hero cab companies handy.
  • Form a buddy system with close friends and agree on a secret diversion signal for uncomfortable situations. such as “Boo!!”
  • Don’t accept “witches brew” from people you don’t know or trust and never leave your “witches brew” unattended. If you lose sight of your “witches brew,” get a new one.

Here are some facts every parent of a college age person should know.

  • At least 1 in 4 college women will be the victim of a sexual assault during her academic career.
  • At least 80% of all sexual assaults are committed by an acquaintance of the victim.
  • 48.8% of college women who were victims of attacks that met the study’s definition of rape did not consider what happened to them rape.
  • More than 70% of rape victims knew their attackers, compared to about half of all violent crime victims.
  • One out of eight women will be raped while in college.
  • 57% of rapes occur on a date.
  • 75% of male students and 55% of female students involved in date rape had been drinking or using drugs.
  • The physical and psychological effects of sexual assault can be devastating, and college students who are sexually assaulted may face impediments to academic and personal success.

These are the reported figures. There is much data suggesting that most rapes go unreported. One study showed that only 5 % of victims of rape or attempted rape report it to college police.  EVERY adult female is a potential target of these assailants. Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted, and someone is raped every 6 minutes. Most sexual assaults can be avoided

Be Prepared

I doubt you will have a proton pack to catch ghost, but you should always carry some non-lethal self-defense weapons. A stun gun, taser, pepper spray, a telescopic baton are good examples. Each if used will afford you enough time to escape and get help.

These tips can help you prevent an assault on yourself or any woman you know. Used wisely they may save a life-maybe yours. However, nothing beats common sense.

 Personal protection is about learning to decrease your risks and increase your options if assaulted. Learning to defend yourself from other people with weapons, is a result of extensive training with qualified instructors. However in most cases it’s just you and them, and you can take steps to have the advantage. Your life and health are your most important possessions, so learning to avoid situations that put your safety at risk is the first goal. Your best natural weapon is your brain, and your best defense is to exercise good crime prevention strategies.

Nobody can tell you how to defend yourself in every situation. Each person must evaluate his or her own abilities, and size up the situation based on the level of danger to themselves or a loved one.  

 

PepperEyes.com is dedicated to providing you with the best personal protection products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for yourself, your home or your business, purchase our high quality discount personal protection products and arm yourself with the knowledge of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

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