Tuesday, May 7, 2013
DFSA and Alcohol
Centuries of experience have confirmed that the drug of choice for drug facilitated sexual assault (DFSA) is alcohol. As the old saying goes, candy is dandy but liquor is quicker. Current statistics from the U.S. Justice Department confirm that 70% of "acquaintance rape" or "date rape" involves the use of alcohol. (Two other drugs are commonly used as well: gamma-hydroxybutyric acid or GHB and benzodiazepines.) Many assailants use alcohol because their victims often willingly imbibe it and can be encouraged to drink enough to lose inhibitions. Some assailants have gone on to commit "rapes of convenience" (e.g., assaulted a person after he or she had become unconscious). Also of note, in most jurisdictions, ex with an unconscious victim is considered rape. According to Wikipedia, the most common types of DFSA are those in which a woman, in a social or business setting at which alcohol is being served, has either ingested drugs willingly for recreational purposes or had them administered to her surreptitiously.