Drug – Drug-assisted sexual assault – ‘Date Rape’
In a significant proportion of
attacks, robberies, muggings, rape and sexual assault cases, the
victim (male or female) is found to have been drinking alcohol
before the assault rather than being incapacitated by other
Reports published in 2005 and 2006 following separate studies by
the Forensic Science Service (FSS) and the Association of Chief
Police Officers on alleged drug assisted sexual assault, found some
offenders facilitate sexual assault by administering drugs,
including alcohol, to victims, and some commit opportunistic
assaults after the victim has become intoxicated following their
own use of drugs and/or alcohol. However, it was found that the
‘spiking’ of drinks with so–called ‘Date Rape’ drugs such as
Rohypnol or GHB was very rare.
Licensees and the general public are therefore recommended to be
alert to the potential of this type of offence. The FSS suggested
that advice be given regarding the consumption of alcohol (e.g.
drinking steadily and not drinking on an empty stomach), as well as
the dangers of illicit drug use; following such advice could help
decrease the number of cases of alleged drug facilitated sexual
assault as fewer people would find themselves in a vulnerable
To date, there has been no independent study on the effectiveness
of drug ‘spiking’ test kits and anti-tampering bottle stoppers.
Some tests can give false results and only detect certain
Bottle stoppers have limited use, are
expensive, and do not address issues around alcohol consumption.
Alcohol is the most common ‘Date Rape’ drug.
If you are considering promoting issues regarding alcohol, personal
safety and/or drink spiking, advice and guidance is available from
the Hertfordshire Drug Education Forum. Visit our Information and Advice page for