Several students from Garner and Hunter Robinson recently gathered at Grambling Hall to hear how they could protect themselves from date rape and two illegal drugs that are being used to dose females.The informative and lively session was anchored by Assistant Chief of Police Dwayne Chambers, who admonished them not to be na’ve and think that it will never happen to them.
“Don’t allow yourself to become a victim or prey for someone else,” he said.
According to Chambers, rapists are using two new weapons to overpower their victims, Rohypnol and Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate, GHB. He said these drugs are silent, invisible and completely undetectable. However, they are potent and destructive and can seriously harm or even kill you. He said the drugs often causes drowsiness, confusion, impaired motor skills and reduced level of consciousness and one under the influence of these drugs may look and act like they are drunk. Chambers said research has shown that one of the most disturbing effects of the illegal drugs is that they can produce partial amnesia.
He outlined there have been a number of incidences across the country of female rape cases during college associated parties, but was quick to also add that a number of male-related rape cases go under-reported.
The tips he gave include ensuring that someone you trust is always with you when you go to parties, never leaving your drink unattended, but if you do, always get a fresh drink. He also said groups should have a strong individual who can encourage peers to stop when they have had too much. He also told students not to drink anything that has an unusual taste or appearance.
The assistant police chief also used the opportunity to tell students to remain focused since most students come to school with all the right intensions but sometimes get lost or distracted along the road.
“Don’t be ashamed or embarrassed to stand up for yourself or your friends,” he said. “It could mean the difference between life and death.