The Drug Report

Facts about what can go wrong when people use drugs

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    A big part of my inspiration for The Drug Report was Beth Pearce's amazing film, VOICE OF THE VICTIMS: TRUE STORIES OF ECSTASY AND KETAMINE. The film simply lets the victims of drug tragedies tell their stories. It's real life, it's undeniable, and it's incredibly powerful. I'm sure Beth has saved many, many lives, and it is my hope that this blog will do so as well. To learn more about her film, go to Voice Of The Victims.

    FACTS ARE FACTS

    A friend of mine likes to say, "You're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts."

    When it comes to drugs, there are lots of opinions out there: Some think drugs are safe and fun, some think they're dangerous and frightening, and many think everything in between.

    But facts are facts, and when someone dies from drugs, or someone is murdered by a person who is on drugs, or is raped by someone who has given them drugs, that's just a fact. Drug users who actively promote drug use rail against these facts, and I expect they'll be commenting regularly on The Drug Report. But they can't change the facts.

A Drug-Assisted Rape in China

Posted by Childress on June 15, 2006

This is quite a story out of China.  As you read it, consider this:  When someone is unconscious, it means they need IMMEDIATE medical care, not rape.  This guy came very close to killing his victim, and should have been charged with that too.

NOTE:  The language from the report, from the South China News, is pretty graphic.

A man who raped a woman after taking drugs with her at a popular Kowloon disco was jailed for five years yesterday.

Hoang Minh-tung, 37, had pleaded guilty in the Court of First Instance to rape and of buggery without consent of the 23-year-old woman in September last year.

Hoang pleaded not guilty to a third charge, of trafficking in a dangerous drug, which the prosecution agreed not to pursue in exchange for guilty pleas to the two more serious charges.

The court heard that at 4.40am on September 22, the woman and two friends went to the 348 disco on Nathan Road. They danced for a while before the woman bought two Ecstasy tablets. She took one and her friends shared the other.

Hoang appeared soon afterwards and danced with one of the friends before buying them a glass of a "beer-like drink". Hoang then took the woman and one of her friends to a table where another man handed them a bag of ketamine, which the two women snorted.

When one of the women became ill, Hoang took her to a Yau Ma Tei hotel. A desk clerk noted Hoang had to carry the woman, who appeared to be asleep. Some time later, the woman woke to find herself naked on a bed as Hoang performed a sex act on her. Unable to resist him, or stand the pain, she passed out again.

When she next awoke she was still naked and Hoang was standing naked by the bed. She was in pain when she gathered her clothes and returned to the nightclub with Hoang.

She reported the incident and Hoang was arrested that morning. He at first claimed she had offered to have sex with him for $500 but later changed his story.

In sentencing Vietnam-born Hoang, Deputy High Court Judge Peter Longley said the fact the woman knowingly consumed drugs did nothing to reduce the severity of the crimes.

Smart judge.  If anything, the fact that Hoang provided drugs known to facilitate rape made the crime more severe, not less.

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