Spiked drinks have become a serious issue that spread in many U.S. college campuses and are often related to sexual assault of young women. However, men count for one in five victims.
Date rape drugs have been reported for decades, but after recent research, the reasons for the drink spiking have been found. Suzanne C. Swan, associate professor of psychology at the University of South Carolina, established that men and women have a different perspective on date rape drugs. While men said their motivation was to have fun, women stated that the driving factor was sexual assault.
These findings resulted after 6,000 students from three universities were interviewed. Around 1.4 percent of students confessed that they had spiked someone’s drink or knew someone who had, and another 8 percent of them said that they had their drinks spiked with drugs before.
Nevertheless, most of them understand how serious a sexual assault might be but just do not comprehend the fact that drink spiking, even without the rape intention, is regarded as criminal behavior.
According to Swan, even if you do that just for fun, it does not change the fact that you put a drug in someone else’s body without having their consent. Therefore, scientists came up with the idea that all students must be educated to understand how dangerous and unacceptable is spiking someone else’s drink with drugs.
Just as rape means violating someone else’s body, giving drugs to someone else without their consent represents the same thing. People have the right to know what substances they ingest because there is also the chance that their body might show side-effects to these drugs and lead to severe consequences.
According to Swan, around 80 percent of the victims are women, but it is hard to establish what was the nature of their experiences because they usually don’t remember anything. There is still a slight chance that the victims did not have the drinks spiked but just drank too much or a more potent kind of alcohol.
However, scientists stated that the combination of drugs and alcohol could always prove to be lethal or at least have adverse effects. All in all, students need to be educated and well informed to understand that spiked drinks are not a joke but a serious criminal action punished by law.