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 →
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.
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 →