Drug Facilitated Rape

Drug-induced sexual assaults have reached epidemic proportions in San Mateo County. Alcohol is the most widely used drug to facilitate sexual assault, regardless of whether the survivor drank by choice. If you think you have been drugged, it is important to:

• Get to a safe place.

• Get help immediately.

• Ask a trusted person to stay with you and assist you in getting the help you need.

• Get medical care. It is possible to receive medical care without reporting to the police.

If you want to report to the police, it is important to:

• Go to a hospital emergency room as soon as possible for an examination and evidence collection.

• Request that the hospital take a urine sample for drug toxicology testing to be done by your law enforcement agency’s crime lab. A special test must be done to detect Rohypnol in a urine specimen.

• Preserve as much physical evidence as possible. Do not urinate, shower, bathe, douche, or throwaway clothing you were wearing during the incident. If possible, save any other materials that might provide evidence, such as the glass that held your drink.

Call Rape Trauma Services 24-hour Crisis Line at (650) 692- RAPE (7273) for information and support.