Date Rape Drugs Are A Major Problem On U. S. College Campuses; 80% Of Victims Are Women

Phyllis Asinyanbi

Date rape drugs are a major problem on U.S. college campuses and are often linked to sexual assault of young women. But men are also at risk and count for one-fifth of all victims.

Drink spiking has been reported for decades, but a new study conducted by Suzanne C. Swan, an associate professor of psychology at the University of South Carolina, delves into the reasons behind the statistics.

Women and men gave different perspectives on date rape drugs. While females stated sexual assault was the driving factor; men said their motivation was to have fun. The study findings were determined after interviewing 6,000 students at three universities. The findings were published in the May 23 issue of the Psychology of Violence journal.

— APA (@APA) May 24, 2016

"Even if a person is drugging someone else simply 'for fun' with no intent of taking advantage of the drugged person, the drugger is still putting a drug in someone else's body without their consent -- and this is coercive and controlling behavior."

— erin (@erinpringle_) May 23, 2016

— ️ (@kathwaii) May 22, 2016

"Because many of those who drug others believe that the behavior is fun and minimize the risks, interventions could provide information about the dangers of overdosing. 'They could also target the issue of consent. Just as people have a fundamental right to consent to sexual activity, they also have the right to know and consent to the substances they ingest."
"We have no way of knowing if the drugging victims were actually drugged or not, and many of the victims were not certain either. 'It is possible that some respondents drank too much, or drank a more potent kind of alcohol than they were accustomed to."

— Jokpeme World News (@jokpeme) May 14, 2016

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