Posted by Childress on May 29, 2006
"Date rape" is not the best word for the crime it describes, because the victim is more often a stranger, not a date. "Drug-assisted rape" is the preferred name.
I found an excellent summary of the cautions those who frequent bars and parties should take to avoid this crime in the Daily Mustang, the student paper at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. An excerpt:
Date-rape drugs cause victims to become physically helpless, unable to refuse sex or consent to it and unable to remember what happened. The drugs are hard to detect in drinks because they have no color, taste or smell and can easily be added without the victim’s knowledge.
Here's a link to the complete article. It makes the mistake of classifying drug-assisted rape as only a crime against women. Many men have also been victims of the crime.