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  1. ~lostgurl~
    Women Report Drug Rapes In Taranaki
    7 December 2006
    NZPA

    Seven women have reported being drugged and raped in Taranaki in less than a week, prompting a warning from police and rape crisis centres.

    All of the women had been to pubs with friends on either Thursday, Friday or Saturday night in Stratford or New Plymouth, the Taranaki Daily News reported.

    The young women's stories have horrified sex abuse counsellors. None of the women were on their own and none of them have memories of the night's events. It is believed a gang of men may be behind the attacks.

    Police and rape crisis groups have joined forces to alert people in bars to keep an eye on their drinks.

    One of the seven victims was expected to lay a complaint with police and the others were considering the same action.

    It was possible the seven were only the tip of the iceberg, Safer Centre spokeswoman Lorraine Jans, of New Plymouth, said. said.

    http://xtramsn.co.nz/news/0,,11964-6667212,00.html

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    Seven drug-rapes in a week suspected in Taranaki

    07 Dec 2006
    Radio New Zealand

    Two Taranaki women are being tested for traces of stupefying drugs after they and five others complained they were drugged and raped over the past week.
    One complaint has been laid with the police and other women who believe they have been attacked are being encouraged to come forward.
    Taranaki SAFER Centre says the women - aged between 19 and 38 - remember little detail after a night out in New Plymouth or Stratford, having woken up to discover evidence of often brutal sexual assaults. Most are reluctant to go to the police.
    Spokeswoman Lorraine Jans says it is clear that more than alcohol is involved.
    The head of the police sexual abuse team in New Plymouth, Detective Sue Ashton, says recent advances in forensic testing have made it easier to detect traces of drugs.
    Police say they are concerned about the reports of the drug rapes but cannot yet confirm the allegations.

    Copyright © 2006 Radio New Zealand

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/latest/200612072011/seven_drug-rapes_in_a_week_suspected_in_taranaki

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    Police call for Taranaki drug rape victims to come forward

    07 DECEMBER 2006
    NZPA

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Police today appealed to women who have reported being drugged and raped in Taranaki in the past week to come forward. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Detective Senior Sergeant Grant Coward said Taranaki police were "very concerned" about the seven alleged drug rapes but had so far received no formal complaints. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]He understood why victims did not always come forward, but he encouraged these women do so. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]The women complained to rape crisis centres about the attacks after they had been to pubs with friends on either Thursday, Friday or Saturday night in Stratford or New Plymouth. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]It was possible the seven were only the tip of the iceberg, New Plymouth Safer Centre spokeswoman Lorraine Jans, of New Plymouth, said. It was possible a gang of men could be behind the attacks. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Mr Coward said today that if the victims came forward "we can, and will, investigate their complaints. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]"Even if they can't remember what happened, we may be able to advance the investigation by other means, including scene examinations and forensic testing." [/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Mr Coward said Hawera police were currently investigating a separate alleged rape from last weekend, but it was too early to tell if it was drug rape. [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]He advised women not to leave drinks unattended, not to accept drinks from strangers and to look after each other. [/FONT]

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/print/0,1478,3892240a11,00.html

Comments

  1. darawk
    Would be very interesting if one of the drugs being used turned out to be high-dose propranolol after that 60-minutes special.
  2. Paracelsus
    Or Flunitrazepam + Alcohol. Amnesia.

    Horrible story. If the drugs used turn out to be illegal, this can be easily used for propaganda.

    darawk: It'd be interesting to see propanolo becoming the new date-rape-drug. :D
  3. Nicaine
    SWIM is always surprised (probably shouldn't be) at these report... even ignoring the obvious "moral" aspects, sex with someone who's unconscious would be like having sex with a dead body.
  4. snapper
    How is propranolol a date rape drug ? Sounds like that might be really dangerous.
  5. Nagognog2
    Anytime a man offers a woman a drink in a bar is an attempt to drug her into being amenable towards sex. Conscious or not. So if they turn this into a huge anti-drug propaganda blitz - jump on the bandwagon and demand alcohol be declared an illegal date-rape drug.
  6. Nature Boy
    ^

    Spot on.

    Most paramedics will tell you that 90% of women claiming to have been spiked and subsequently molested probably slammed back more Red Bull and vodkas than they could handle. Mixed drinks are underestimated easily. They may taste sweet and easy but they can pack a punch. In Ireland at least, a recent culture has developed where women will often try to out-drink men something which can backfire very often and lead to undesirable consequences. Women become intoxicated quicker than men typically due to their different body chemistry. Without proof of any so-called rape drugs in their systems, all of this hype could be based upon good old over-drinking,.
  7. ~lostgurl~
    If you read the articles, it does not seem like the case this time, its seems more like a planned attack. Drink spiking may be rare but it does happen and personally i think it was only a matter of time before the gangs clued up and did something like this. Even if it was just alcohol, which in this case I doubt, the victims were unconscious. It is disgusting, I hope they go to jail and get some of their own medicine!
  8. FrankenChrist
    I don't know if it's that rare. It happened with a classmate last year, for real.

    This always ends in drama. Always.
  9. snapper
    Sadly, it is not rare. Rapes are just HUGELY underreported due to the psychological trauma and humiliation suffered by the victim. SWIM has known many people who have had positive tests on drinks for GHB, and a few who were raped. Some probably don't even realize they were raped, and others will never tell or erased / denied the episode from their memories. SWIM is miserable without GHB, but is not sad to see it out of the reach of rapist and frat boys ! Ketamine and benzos are also popular for date rapes. Alpha-chloralose and scopalamine have also been used. SWIM has never heard of the propranolol, though. Anyone have a link that substantiates this ?
  10. ~lostgurl~
    Advice For Drink Spiking Victims

    Advice For Drink Spiking Victims

    8 December 2006
    NZPA


    The Drug Rape Trust has released information on how people should respond if they suspect they have become a drink spiking or drug rape victim.

    The trust said Australian research showed for every drink spiking , one third of victims were likely to be assaulted.

    One third will be looked after by their friends before anything happens and the other third will be so affected that they will become "unattractive" to the perpetrator.

    The trust said British Research indicated there were in excess of 60 chemicals that could be used to facilitate drink spiking assisted sexual assault.

    Side effects :

    * The morning after, the victim may be aware that they have had sex or have been interfered with but have no recollection of the actual event or realise that they have been sexually assaulted.

    * The victim may also have signs of physical assault, bruises, cuts, but have no memory of the assault, or may have flashbacks to it.

    * They may present in a drugged state, be acting odd and have no recollection of talking to people that morning.

    * If your best mate, girlfriend family member or flatmate arrives home in a confused state, or with memory loss or signs of abuse, it is up to you to start asking the questions that they are unable to.

    Responses:

    * Go to the doctor. Some drugs used in drink spiking can be deadly or have dangerous side effects.

    * Report it to the police. Police look for similar patterns of evidence with date rapes. Even if you have not been assaulted, report the crime. You could help the pieces fit together and someone convicted of drink spiking can be charged with disabling (up to 5 years in jail) or aggravated wounding or injury (up to 14 years jail if convicted). Drug rapists are typically serial offenders who repeat the same pattern.

    * Keep your clothing and don't have a shower. To not shower may be the last thing you want to do, but there could be important forensic evidence on your clothing or traces of bodily fluids or DNA on your body that can be used to identify a perpetrator.

    * Ask for a doctor trained to do forensic medical examinations. The organisation Doctors for Sexual Abuse Care trains these doctors and they will also organise counselling if necessary.

    * Ask about urine and blood tests. Urine and blood need to be collected quickly, within a four to 72 hour window if possible, allowing for testing of the more commonly identified chemicals known to be used to spike drinks.

    * Hospital laboratories can test for the presence of many drugs used, but they are not as complete as those done for the police by ESR. Your local district health board might pay for the tests, but this varies from area to area and testing can be expensive.

    http://xtramsn.co.nz/news/0,,11964-6672951,00.html
    ©2006 Xtra Limited
  11. ~lostgurl~
    Dodgy Awareness-raising Campaigns

    Dodgy Awareness-raising Campaigns
    Press Release: Peter Ellis.org

    PeterEllis.org.nz
    8 December 2006

    Dodgy Awareness-raising Campaigns and News Media Gullibility
    There has been alarming news in the last couple of days, Brian Robinson notes.

    One News reported the Taranaki "Safer" Centre saying that seven women reported being drugged and raped in the region last weekend. Newstalk ZB reported a "spate of drug rapes" and said "a New Plymouth rape crisis centre is warning young women to beware". The Taranaki Daily News reported that seven women "tell of drug rape horror" and that there has been an "apparent spate of drug-induced sex attacks." Stuff reported "A string of drug rape incidents surfaced in Taranaki over the weekend".

    The reports were indeed horrifying. They had the desired effect. The Taranaki Daily News reported that "Young New Plymouth women are shocked and frightened for their safety in bars" The reports got worse. Safer Centre Lorraine Jans speculated and was faithfully reported saying that "It was possible the seven [women] were only the tip of the iceberg" and then "It was possible a gang of men could be behind the attacks."

    Thanks to the police, the Taranaki Daily News has provided a little balance. We have been told only one of the alleged victims has complained to police. Detective Senior Sergeant Grant Coward said that while the Hawera CIB is currently investigating an alleged rape from last weekend, it is too early to say if it was drug rape. In other words there is a possibility that there may have been a drug rape.

    The news media should consider some deeper investigation into what appears to be yet another scare story from Lorraine Jans of the Safer Centre. A good place to start would be Spiked OnLine http://tinyurl.com/y7mx2o for an analysis from Josie Appleton.
    Appleton's article "Drink-spiking: a morality tale for our times" predates the New Zealand drug rape hysteria of the last couple of days.
    Appleton reminds us that "Drink-spiking awareness campaigns have become an established part of the pre-Christmas period. It’s normally around early December that police forces, student unions and campaign organisations start to warn revellers about the poisons that others could be slipping into their festive drinks" The article covers the transformation of drug rape "from urban myth to official fact"and concludes with excellent advice "We will certainly have to stay vigilant about dodgy awareness-raising campaigns this Christmas." Our news media could well heed that advice.
    support@peterellis.org.nz;
    "Seeking justice for Peter Ellis and other victims, both past
    and present, of the New Zealand sex abuse moral panic"

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00123.htm
  12. ~lostgurl~
    Drink-spiking: a morality tale for our times

    Drink-spiking: a morality tale for our times

    20 November 2006
    Josie Appleton
    Spiked-Online

    Despite a dearth of evidence, the authorities are still promoting scare stories about the dangers of being 'spiked' and raped. Why?

    Drink-spiking awareness campaigns have become an established part of the pre-Christmas period. It’s normally around early December that police forces, student unions and campaign organisations start to warn revellers about the poisons that others could be slipping into their festive drinks.

    This year, a study by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) tried to get in first – with evidence that drink-spiking is largely a myth. Researchers examined 120 cases of alleged drug-assisted assault, and found not a single trace of the notorious ‘date-rape’ drug Rohypnol. They found Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB), the other drug often mentioned, in only two cases.
    Most of those who claimed to have been drug-raped were just plain drunk, with half also showing traces of another drug in their systems, such as ecstasy or cocaine.

    This isn’t really news. The head of the study, Detective Chief Superintendent David Gee, told me a year ago that his researchers had found no cases involving Rohypnol, and that the drink-spiking phenomenon had been hugely exaggerated (see Drink-spiking scare: shots of anxiety, by Josie Appleton).
    There has never been any evidence for drink-spiking. Yet search the internet and you will find the same authoritative message: that Rohypnol and GHB are the main drink-spiking drugs; that it happens to men as well as women; that there are at least 800 cases a year. There is standard advice, too: keep your drink in your hand, and hold your thumb over the opening if you are drinking from a bottle; never accept a drink from anyone you don’t know; never share or exchange drinks; keep an eye on your friends.

    We read this wisdom from such established organisations as NHS Direct and local police forces. A whole industry has grown up to combat the drink-spiking threat. Partygoers are spoilt for choice by the variety of drink stoppers – from Safeflo, which is ‘currently endorsed by Crimestoppers’, to the Alcotop with a ‘snap-fit lid’, to the foil ‘Spanky’ that folds over the neck of the bottle. Other companies offer drug detector kits, so you can test before you swig.

    Where did all this come from? There is one small but vocal campaign group, the Roofie Foundation, which has been awareness-raising on this issue for a number of years. Yet this doesn’t explain the transformation from urban myth to official fact.

    Drink-spiking has always been a morality tale first and foremost. ‘Who could be watching your drink?’, the campaigns ask. These send the poisonous message that you always have to be on your guard; that you should trust nobody; that the person who offers you a drink could really be out to get you. These campaigns tap into and amplify popular fears.

    All of this takes the Christmas spirit out of things. Letting yourself go in the party season apparently means putting yourself and others at risk. Convivial and uninhibited interaction gets redefined as a health hazard.

    The progress of the drink-spiking scare has been helped by the fact that, without drug detector kits, it is difficult to prove or disprove either way. Rohypnol is colourless, odourless, and causes such unusual symptoms as dizziness, difficulty with walking, and confusion or feelings of disorientation. It’s not hard to see how the natural self-delusion after a night out predisposes some to conclude that they have been drink-spiked.

    Would that this latest study stopped the scare in its tracks, but that seems unlikely. Just as the ACPO reported the results of its study, Wiltshire Police announced that ‘Having your drink spiked could result in you being sexually assaulted, robbed or becoming the victim of ID theft’. The force admits that cases of drink-spiking are rare, but still ‘warns people drinking in pubs and clubs to be vigilant’.

    Indeed, the ACPO report itself warned of the dangers of drink-spiking...with alcohol. It also called for more sophisticated tests for Rohypnol, which can disappear from the system quite quickly. The Roofie Foundation was undeterred: ‘We know that people don’t report drug-assisted rapes, as the Home Office has acknowledged. We are contacted by 800 people a year, and we can’t quantify the number who don’t contact us.’ The fact that we can’t detect drink-spiking gets taken as evidence for its sure existence.
    We will certainly have to stay vigilant about dodgy awareness-raising campaigns this Christmas.

    http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php?/site/article/2109/
  13. Ranke
    Swim agrees that benzo's are commonly used for date rape. Especially after he blacked out twice with pure xanax. He lost two days worth of memory due to continued large dose's. Ketamine, and scopalamine however swim doubts very much. Ketamine would be noticed due to the large oral dose required, and scopalamine is just as likely to kill the person as knock them out.
  14. Nagognog2
    In truth, rape is not even a sexual act. Rape is the use of power over another person. Male or female. Be it slipping a pill in a drink and dragging the victim off to a bed for a photo-session (happens), or just enjoying the thrill of seeing the poisoned person slump to the floor. And it can happen in many other ways as well. I've worked in a shelter for battered women before (and would again should the need arise). Seen it happen to women AND men. Rape is really not sex-specific.

    All I can say in the last about this sort of abberant act is it does not mean a drug is used for "Date-Rape" so to speak. It means some truly sick individual gets their jollies by controlling another person - and choosing to cause them harm. If the slimeball didn't have a drug to slip in a drink, they'd pretend to be a Priest and go into an old person's home and "help" them do their check book and put them to bed. These people are truly psychopaths. If you ever meet someone who brags up how they can do cool and fun things to another person and invites you along - GO (or get someone else if you can't handle it yourself - no shame)! And bring a cell-phone so you can have whomsoever hauled off before anyone gets hurt - again. Nail the fucker.
  15. Riconoen {UGC}
    Theres a great sublime song on how alcohol is just as an effective "date rape drug" as a roofie or any other drug demonized for "date rape" lately.
  16. pankreeas
    A different take...i know I may be treading into the badlands with this 1, but if said person is sick enough to get their jollies from having sex with incapacitated people (or just can't afford 20 $ for a hooker on the low track) then one could say the method of incapacitation used is much more savory for the victim, as the main goal of the attacker now is to just get their sexual fix, rather than thinking how to render the victim unconcious through more violent measures (cause more than likely the attacker has picked that victim and will not stop until he / or she gets what they want). Plus the victim more than likely will not remember the attack and therefor suffer less mental trauma down the road. If it were me and I was given the choice to either struggle in an attempt to ward off the attacker and subsequently have that still frame movie of the satan 2 feet from my face burned into my mind for the rest of my life, or awaken with my pants down and not remember what happened I'd have to say I would most likely pick the latter. Then at least then I would have some (altho not much) hope that maybe what occured was consensual and due to perhaps alcohol (or ptsd) my memory of the situation is foggy at best.

    And please don't take this as condoning such behaviour. Just a diff take.
  17. zera
    Now I can't take pity on men of his kind even though he now takes it in the behind.
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