Backhanded Victim Blame and the Current Drugging Scare: excerpts

In the book, Drink Spiking and Predatory Drugging: A Modern History, I make the argument that exaggeration of the date rape drugs threat (among students, particularly, but not limited to them) has a pernicious effect on voluntarily intoxicated victims of violence and exploitation. Situations in which drugging explanations are insisted upon when both tests and... Continue Reading →

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I am one and you are too? Narcissism, violence, lessons not learned, and the case of the Hot Chocolate rapist

Barkas, who worked in a medical clinic and had access to drugs, approached women as they left nightclubs and offered them a ride home. [According to a 2008 Herald Sun article], he then offered them hot chocolate into which he had slipped tranquilizers and sleeping pills, including Rohypnol.

What’s in Your Drugs? And Does it Matter if it isn’t what you think? (Part 1 of 2)

Summer Drug Testing Roundup, part 1 of 2:  In mid-July in Yorkshire, England, ITV and other news sources reported that purchasers of “street Valium” got more than they bargained for and a number of them had sought medical attention. The first odd thing was that the drug had turned their tongues blue, and the second... Continue Reading →

The book is out (July 2016)

It's a wide-ranging look at the spectre of the compromised drink, amidst the shifting cultural and gender politics of psycho-chemical treachery. A preview chapter is available at Google Books, and you can also "Look Inside" at Amazon. If your public, institutional, school, or university library hasn't ordered it, you can make a request. If you'd like... Continue Reading →

Forget the Screaming Headlines about Drink Spiking on Campus

The news and screaming headlines surrounding the release of a new research study on drink spiking focused on what was hailed as a surprising new discovery about the problem. Women's Health noted that the percentage of people victimized was appalling, and Cosmopolitan seemed both horrified and somehow relieved that it wasn’t just “an urban myth.” I wonder... Continue Reading →

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