Cover: Drug-facilitated Rape

Drug-facilitated Rape

Looking for the Missing Pieces

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

Posted on rand.org 2000

by Nora Fitzgerald, K. Jack Riley

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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