OK, Signing Off on Drug Induced Rape For Now…

As I mentioned in the previous blog on Drug Induced Rape, this being the third one, I will finish it off with a story and commentary.

Suzie was at a relative’s pool party.  A friend that had been invited was there with her brother, who was from out of state.  He slipped a Rohypnol into a drink he offered to bring Suzie.  Soon she felt the need to lay down, and went into the house, going upstairs to find a bedroom to lay down in.  Under the drug’s influence, she basically became unconscious  to some degree.  She later sort of woke up, though not fully so, and had a sensation of someone on top of her.  She was unable to remember the rape or now her bathing suit and shorts were removed.  Two other guests went looking for her, concerned.  They ‘discovered’ her on the bed with the male guest on top of her.  They shooed him off of her and got him out of the room.  They then discovered how incapacitated she was and became witnesses to the rape.

Suzie courageously took this man to court, being well supported by family and the witnesses.  Of course, the Rohypnol was out of her system within 12 hours and no one knew to get her to the hospital immediately to search for such evidence, as they did not understand what had happened. 

He was acquitted.  Admittedly this was discouraging, but she had fought well and done all she could.  Authorities in his home state were notified of the charges and acquittal here.  Ideally, such information should make it easier to convict him should he once again be charged with such a crime. 

In therapy, the full memory was never able to be retrieved.  Though there was healing in many ways, such incidents make Resolution and Redemption much harder stages of recovery to achieve (for more on the 4 R’s, visit the blog(s) about the 4 stages of recovery).  Though to not prosecute is a valid choice for a survivor, Suzie’s choice to do so really helped her come out of the victimization so common to survivors.

Commentary:

I once watched the movie In Laws, a funny movie except for one especially serious scene that was meant to be funny.  Michael Douglas’ character has kidnapped his son’s  future father-in-law.  The drugged kidnap victim wakes up only to find himself on an airplane with Douglas’ character in flight off to who-knows-where.  Realizing he’s been drugged he looks at Douglas and exclaims “Oh no!  You didn’t give me Roofies did you you?  Are you going to rape me?

What was something like the above doing in a comedy movie?  Consider a moment.  Why was it necessary to treat lightly and with humor something as dangerous and potentially deadly as a date rape drug?  Did the knock-out drug need to be identified at all?  After all, it could have been a number of things.  It was not funny that a joke was made about Roofies, being kidnapped, and raped.  Date Rape drugs are a deadly serious topic and can be very deadly!

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