Rape drugs are used by perpetrators of sexual assault to assist them in committing the assault. These drugs are used because they reduce an individual’s ability to resist, which makes committing sexual assault easier. The most common of these drugs are rohypnol (a pill that will dissolve if dropped in a drink), GHB (which can come in a clear liquid, a white powder, or a pill), and ketamine (which can be a clear liquid or a light powder). After a person has ingested one of these drugs, they may become relaxed, confused, dizzy, drowsy, or unconscious. They may also experience nausea, problems breathing, dream-like feelings, and tremors. People who have ingested these drugs can also black out and forget what happened while they were under the influence.
While these are the most common drugs used, any substance that impairs an individual’s ability to resist can be considered a rape drug. In fact, alcohol is the most common substance used to facilitate sexual assault.
Many times when a substance is used to facilitate rape, others will blame the survivor/victim of the assault for not taking actions to protect themselves. However, the responsibility of preventing rape lies with perpetrators choosing not to rape anyone. Sexual assault is never the survivor’s/victim’s fault.