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What is Drug Facilitated Rape?

You're with someone, maybe even someone you know, and have no reason to fear that a date rape drug may be put into your drink. After you drink it, you begin to feel immobilized, buzzed, and helpless. You're robbed of your ability to resist or escape a rapist. You may have a lapse in memory or not be aware that you ingested drugs or that you were assaulted. More than once a minute, 78 times an hour, 1,871 times a day, someone in America is the victim of a sexual assault. Seventy-five percent of these are alcohol and drug related.

Date Rape Drugs

Alcohol taken in any quantity can affect our ability to make good decisions and, like all drugs, can lead quickly to a dangerous loss of communication. Powerful, odorless, tasteless drugs dissolve quickly into liquids and are being used to secretly spike drinks, causing rapid and severe intoxication, dramatically reduced inhibitions, and memory loss.

  • Alcohol
  • Rohypnol
  • Roofie
  • Pingas
  • Roaches
  • GHB
  • Liquid X
  • Liquid E
  • "G"
  • Georgia Home Boy
  • Grievous Bodily Harm (GHB nickname)
  • Ketamine
  • Special K
  • "Vitamin K" (nickname for Keramine)

Reduce the Risks

  • Trust your instincts.
  • NEVER leave your drink unattended.
  • Do not accept drinks from someone you don't know well.
  • Do not accept open container drinks (including punch bowls).
  • Don't drink anything that has a funny smell, color, or taste. If you do and begin feeling strange, get help, and report the incident. Some drugs do not have a color, taste, or smell.
  • Know what you want from a relationship, set limits, and express them assertively.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Party by the buddy system.
  • Check in with friends every 20 minutes.
  • Designate someone to be the sober "Lookout" (someone who can drive and keep an eye on the situation).

Safe Ride Home

If you find yourself in a risky situation, without transportation, call the Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence at (805) 656-1111. They may be able to arrange free transportation.

  • What to Do
    • Get to a safe place
    • Call for help (the Coalition will assist you with transportation).
    • Save anything that may contain traces of the drug, such as the glass you drank from.
    • Have a urine sample obtained immediately.
  • What Not to Do
    • Do not shower, bathe, or brush your teeth
    • Do not take off or destroy the clothing worn during the assault.

Where to Get Help

  • Police: Call 9-1-1.
  • The Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence
    is available for support and information. Trained advocates will accompany you to police, hospital, counseling, and medical interviews 24 hours. Call (805) 656-1111.
  • Ventura County District Attorney's Ellie Liston Crime Victim's Assistance Program
    is staffed with trained victim advocates who will assist you throughout the criminal justice process. The program offers crisis counseling, emergency assistance, resource referrals, and information about the criminal justice system, case status, and assistance in applying for Victims of Crime Compensation. Their hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (805) 654-3622.
  • It's A Crime
    Under the Drug-Induced Rape Prevention and Punishment Act of 1996, anyone convicted for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to commit a sexual assault can be sentenced for up to 20 YEARS IN PRISON!
  • Stop if you hear NO.
  • Stop if you don't hear YES.
  • Don't assume.
  • No one asks to be raped.
  • Never force anyone to have sex.

Contacts

Ellie Liston Crime Victim's Assistance Program 805-654-3622
Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (805) 656-1111

How To Avoid Dating Violence

Parents' Guide to Teen Violence

Teen dating violence is similar to, and can be as lethal as, adult relationship violence. Both include hitting, yelling, threatening, name calling, and other forms of verbal, sexual, emotional, and physical abuse. About one in ten teen couples are affected by dating violence. These facts make it very important for parents to be aware of abusive relationships.

How Can You Tell if Your Teen is a Victim of Dating Violence?

  • Is your teen withdrawing from school activities?
  • Has your son or daughter become secretive, ashamed, or hostile to (or isolated from) parents, family, or friends because of the relationship?
  • Does your teen's partner call several times a night or show up unexpectedly to "check up?"
  • Does your son or daughter apologize for his/her partner's behavior?
  • Has your teen stopped hanging out with friends?

Other Warning Signs

  • Physical bruises, signs of injury, or damaged personal property. Be aware of explanations that seem out of place or changes in make-up or dress.
  • The use of alcohol or other drugs could be a teen's response to pressure from his/her partner. It may also be an attempt to numb pain or emotions. Substance abuse is no excuse for, or escape from, violent behavior. If the alcohol or other drugs were taken away, the underlying causes and the violence in the relationship may still not be resolved.

Things to Keep in Mind When Helping Your Abused Teen

  • Make sure the timing is right. Talk about the abuse when you are sharing time together.
  • Use "I" statements when describing your feelings. Let your teen know how concerned you are about his/her safety, well being, and security.
  • Be sure to have specific examples to share with your son or daughter that concern you.
  • Listen and believe in your teen. Speak with sensitivity, support, and care.
  • Remember that if your teen does open up to you, it is possible that you will hear uncomfortable details. It is imperative that you are nonjudgmental by focusing on resolving the problem (the behavior) rather than criticizing your teen.
  • Be a comfort zone for your teen.
  • Let your teen have some control in making decisions. The abusive partner may have lowered your teen's self-esteem and confidence.
  • Be a role model for supportive, healthy relationships with your own partner.
  • Help your teen create a safety plan for when he/she is at school and out with friends.
  • Contact your local law enforcement agency or battered women's shelter about procedures for obtaining restraining or stay-away orders.

Things Not to Say or Do

  • Do not be critical of your teen or his/her partner.
  • Don't ask blaming questions such as: "Why don't you break up with him/her?" or, "What did you say to provoke your partner?"
  • Don't pressure your teen into making quick decisions.
  • Don't talk to both teens together. The victim may feel inhibited about what he/she can say.
  • Don't assume that the victim wants to leave the abusive relationship. Assist him/her in assessing the situation.

How Can I Tell if My Teen is an Abuser?

  • Is your son or daughter jealous or possessive?
  • Does your teen have an explosive temper?
  • Does he/she consistently ridicule, criticize, or insult his/her partner?
  • Does your teen blame others when he/she gets angry?
  • Does your teen exhibit any abusive behaviors toward you, family, or friends?

For Parents of Abusive Teens

  • Recognize and confront the abusive behavior. Be sure to have specific examples.
  • Use the communications tips provided in "Things to Keep in Mind When Helping Your Abused Teen".
  • Let him/her know what is not acceptable. While being supportive of your teen as a person and his/her efforts to overcome the abusive behavior, you may have to make the difficult decision to report your teen's violence to law enforcement.
  • Be a role model for supportive, healthy relationships with your own partner.

Where to go for Information and Help

  • Local battered women's shelters or rape crisis centers
  • Legal Aid Foundation in your area
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-7233
  • Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network Hotline, 1-800-656-4673
  • Victims of Crime Resource Center, 1-800-VICTIM

Human Trafficking 

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