Helpful Tools to Stay Safe
At A Social Event
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable about a person, place or situation, leave immediately and go to a safe place.
- Learn to be assertive. If the way someone is touching you or talking to you is unnerving or uncomfortable, say so, strongly and convincingly, and immediately leave that situation.
- Park in well-lit, familiar areas and have your car/house keys ready before you reach the door.
- Travel on familiar roadways. If you think you are being followed turn around and travel to a well-lit area.
- Let someone know where you will be and who you are with at all times. Also give them a time frame of your expected destination arrival.
- Don't put your name or address or any other revealing information in your keys. Know where your keys are at all times and don't let others borrow them.
- Never let anybody know if you will be home alone.
- Make sure your car has gas and is in good working condition.
- Be aware of the locations on the UTA campus with assistance call boxes on paths where you walk.
- Always carry extra money around for cab fare or to make a phone call.
- Be a good friend to one another and step in if you feel like your friend is susceptible to sexual victimization.
In your Residence
- Be alert for any suspicious persons.
- Positively identify callers before opening doors.
- Install a porch light at a height that would discourage removal.
- Install dead bolts on all outside doors. If you cannot account for all keys, change door locks. Secure spare keys.
- Lock your doors and your windows when you are at home and even if you leave for just a few minutes. Also, do not prop open self-locking doors.
- Place a dowel in sliding glass doors and all sliding windows.
- Keep garage doors locked at all times.
- Install adequate outside lighting. Attach motion-sensor lights outside of the home.
- Trim shrubbery and bushes outside windows and doors to reduce hiding spots. Install locks on fence gates.
- Keep fuse box locked. Have battery lanterns in residence.
- Install a loud exterior alarm bell that can be manually activated in more than one location.
- Keep a cell phone inside the house (make sure it is charged at all times).
- Maintain an unlisted phone number.
- Be alert for any unusual packages, boxes, or devices on the premises. Do not disturb such objects.
- Keep an "escape bag" containing necessary daily items with trusted friends and/or family members.
- Consider additional safety measures including a pet. A family dog is one of the least expensive but most effective alarm systems.
- Require identification of all repairmen and salesmen prior to permitting entry into residence.
- Inform trusted neighbors regarding the stalking situation. Provide the neighbor with a photo or description of the suspect and any possible vehicles he/she may be driving.
- If residing in an apartment with an on-site manager, provide the manager with a picture of the suspected stalker. If in a secured condominium, provide information to the doorman or valet.
Common Rape Drugs
"Date Rape Drugs", also referred to as drug-facilitated sexual assault drugs, are tools that are used to aid in the perpetration of a sexual assault. Date rape drugs are virtually undetectable as they are often tasteless, odorless and colorless and can be quickly and easily added to a victim's flavored drink or food without the victim's knowledge. These drugs are desirable for sexual predators because victims may become confused, physically helpless, unable to refuse sex, they may render a person incapable of making responsible and appropriate decisions, and often leave victims with little or no memory of the sexual assault. The effects of date rape drugs may include dizziness, amnesia, memory impairment, drowsiness, visual disturbances, motor skill impairment, confusion, semi-unconsciousness, and disinhibited states. Date rape drugs are used to facilitate any form of unwanted sexual contact which may include inappropriate touching of the intimate parts (genitalia, breasts, buttocks, groin area), vaginal/anal/oral penetration, sexual intercourse, acquaintance/stranger rape, and attempted sexual assault. Any drug that can produce memory impairment and/or have amnesiac or sedative qualities can be utilized to facilitate a sexual assault including date and acquaintance rape. Although there are at least 20 different types of date rape drugs, 4 are the most common:
The drug most commonly associated with sexual assault and rape is alcohol. Alcohol is used in conjunction with many other date rape drugs, but most often, alcohol is the sole drug of choice for sexual assault perpetrators. Alcohol use can result in many of the same effects as other rape drugs. Drinking alcohol can make a victim as vulnerable to sexual assault as many other rape drugs.
GHB is an odorless, colorless liquid that acts as a central nervous system depressant by decreasing one's breathing and heart rate to very low levels. GHB is often used in connection with alcohol and the sedative and euphoric effects are felt 10-20 minutes after ingestion. The effects of GHB can last up to 4 hours.
It may be ingested in liquid, powder, tablet and capsule form.
It's effects are
- Visual hallucinations
- Unconsciousness (blackout)
- Coma and even death
Other names for GHB are Easy Lay, Get-Her-To-Bed, X-Rater, Grievous Bodily Harm, G, Liquid Ecstasy, Georgia Home Boy.
Rohypnol is a tasteless, odorless sedative and depressant that can be placed in any drink, including water, without detection. The effects of Rohypnol can be felt within 20 minutes of ingestion and usually last from 8-12 hours but can last as long as 36 hours. The presence of Rohypnol in your system can be found through urine testing for 24-48 hours. New versions of Rohypnol turn blue when put into liquid but older forms are still available.
It comes in small white pills that often have the word ROCHE on one side.
Its effects are
- Memory loss
- Problems seeing/talking
- Drunk feeling
Other names for Rohypnol are Roofies, Rophies, Roche, Forget-me Pill, Forget-It, Roche, Roach, R2.
Ketamine is most commonly used as an animal sedative or general anesthetic. It is sold legally in the US to hospitals and veterinarians. The effects are felt within 20 minutes of ingestion and usually last about 3 hours.
It comes in a white powder or creates an off-white, cloudy appearance if placed in liquid.
Its effects are
- Memory lapses, loss of time
- Slurred speech
- Delayed reaction time
- Altered motor functions
Other names for Ketamine are Special K, Super K, K, Vitamin K, Ket Kat.
- Keep your drink with you at all times. If you leave your drink unattended for a period of time, simply discard that drink and get another.
- Do not accept drinks from other people.
- If someone offers to buy you a drink, go with them to the bar and watch the drink being made and poured into your glass.
- Do not drink from containers that are being passed around.
- Avoid drinking from common drinking sources (e.g. large punch bowls).
- If you smell or taste something unusual in your drink, discard it immediately.
- Bring your own drinks, if possible.
Source: DHHS 2007, FBI 2007