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Tahoe Womens Services: What you need to know about sexual assault

Sara WeeTahoe Womens Services Prevention Program Coordinator
Did you know alcohol is the number one date rape drug?
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More than 7 in 10 rape or sexual assault victims know their attacker (most are intimate partners)? 57 percent of college rapes happen on dates? Alcohol alone is the number one date rape drug? Men can be victims of sexual assault? One in six will experience a sexual assault in his lifetime.Tahoe Womens Services (TWS) is educating about date and acquaintance rape the number one form of rape. Its often difficult for victims to acknowledge a sexual assault when the perpetrator is a friend, casual date, or boy/girlfriend because the implications of a relationship blur the lines of consent. Simply put, rape is sex without consent. Consent must be a clear, physical or verbal affirmation indicating a person is willing to participate in a sexual act. Rape violates both the mental and physical control we hold over our bodies. For this reason rape is more complicated, devastating and misunderstood than any other crime.More than inhibitors to giving lucid consent, drugs and alcohol are often used to facilitate a rape. After alcohol, the most common date rape drugs are Rohypnol, GHB, and Ketamine. Here are some fast facts:Rohypnol:Common name: Roofies, takes effect within 30 minutesForm: Pill, dissolves colorless and odorless, some now produce a dye when dissolved in liquid.Effects: drunk-like state, black-outs, amnesiaGHB: Common name: Liquid Ecstasy, takes effect within 15 minutesForm: liquid or powder, colorless and odorless, may give drinks a salty taste.Effects: relaxation and drowsiness, black-outs and amnesia, potent, (overdoses common)Ketamine:Common name: Special K, takes effect within minutesForm: dissolving powder or colorless, odorless, tasteless, liquid.Effects: being aware of whats happening but feel physically paralyzed, amnesia.Date rape drugs leave the body very quickly (within 72 hours). If you wake up very disoriented, dont remember the nights events, or feel like youve had sex but dont remember, get help immediately.Whether youre drinking alcohol, soda, or water never leave your drink unattended. Dont accept drinks from strangers, Keep tabs on friends. Another basic prevention tip for all people of all ages is to never go home with someone who is:Disregarding your personal space.Trying to convince or guilt you into a sexual actActing extremely jealous or possessive.Drinking heavily or trying to get you drunk.Finally, dont be afraid to report a rape or sexual assault. Its never your fault.Tahoe Womens Services 24 hour Helpline: (800) 736-1060

Self Defense ClassesWant to learn to protect yourself in dangerous situations? Want to feel safe and strong walking around campus and town? Looking to improve your awareness, assertiveness and self-defense skills? Tahoe Womens Services and the Charles Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy of Truckee/Tahoe are offering a Personal Safety SeminarSaturday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., D.W. Reynolds Building, Incline VillageSaturday, March 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Truckee, Charles Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy of Truckee/TahoeCall Trisha, TWS Prevention Manager for details at 587-2787.TWS Crisis Intervention TrainingStarts April 14Call Erin, TWS Volunteer Coordinator, for details at (775) 298-0182Take Back the Night March (Sexual Assault awareness event):Wednesday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m. in TruckeeMarch from Wild Cherries to Plumas BankCall Sara, TWS Prevention Coordinator, for details at 587-2787Check out Tahoe Womens Services online at http://www.tahoewomenservices.org.Tahoe Womens Services is dedicated to reducing the incidence and trauma of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse in the North Tahoe and Truckee communities.