Advice on date rape

From the Suzy Lamplugh Trust

Drug rape is an issue for both men and women and it is important that everyone takes precautions.

Plan in advance how you are going to get home. Find out the time of last buses and trains or book a taxi before you go out.

The most common date rape drug is alcohol, with victims being given drinks with a far higher alcohol content than they think.

Remember that alcohol will make you more relaxed and could affect your judgment - don't let it endanger your personal safety.

Watch your drinks and food to ensure that nothing is added to them.

Be especially careful never to leave your drink unattended, even if you are going onto a dance floor or to the toilet.

If your drink has been left unattended, do not drink any more of it.

If something tastes or looks odd, do not eat/drink any more of it. Be aware though that some date rape drugs are colourless and tasteless.

If someone you do not know or trust offers to buy you a drink, either decline politely or accompany them to the bar and watch that nothing is added to your drink.

If you feel ill or light-headed tell a trusted friend or a member of staff straight away and ask for a taxi to take you home.

Make sure that anyone who offers to look after you or take you home is someone you really trust. Many people are raped by people they know; friends, colleagues from work, dates etc.

Try to get someone to stay with you until the effects of the drug have worn off. Seek medical advice as soon as possible.

This article has been reprinted with the kind permission of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust.