Drug-facilitated Rape

Looking for the Missing Pieces

Published in: National Institute of Justice Journal, Apr. 2000, p. 8-15

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 1999

by Nora Fitzgerald, K. Jack Riley

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In the mid- and late 1990**ưs, ethnographers and rape crisis centers began hearing reports of drugs, often referred to as "roofies" and "liquid ecstasy," being administered clandestinely to immobilize victims, impair their memory, and thus facilitate rape. Two drugs in particular were mentioned: Rohypnol (flunitrazepam) and GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate). This article summarizes findings about drug-facilitated rape learned by researchers at the U.S. Department of Justice in response to a request from the Attorney General.

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