New Rape Law

By: 23 Newsroom
By: 23 Newsroom

The law makes it clear that women can change their mind even while having sex.

The sponsoring senator says the measure was inspired by a California case involving two teenagers.

The girl changed her mind about having sex, but the boy did not stop immediately.

He was charged with rape, and it took years for the courts to decide where California law stood on the issue.

The new Illinois law should prevent that kind of protracted court battle.

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What Kinds of "Date Rape" Drugs Are Out There?

Rohypnol

  • It is a white tablet that is single or double scored on one side.
  • "Roche" or "RH" are imprinted on the tablet, and "I" or "Z" is circled on either side.
  • It is often found or obtained in its original blister-wrap packaging.
  • Rohyptnol is a pharmaceutical that is used in 80 countries to treat severe sleep disorders.
  • It is also known as "roofies", "roaches", "la Rocha", and the "forget pill".

gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB)

  • It is often "homemade" or made in clandestine laboratories.
  • It is a liquid that is often carried in water bottles or in other containers.
  • GHB is a central nervous system depressant found naturally in the brain and the other tissues.
  • It is also known as "liquid ecstasy", "liquid X", and “grievous bodily harm."

Ketamine

  • It comes as a liquid in its pharmaceutical form.
  • It is also found as a white pill or powder.
  • Ketamine is a general anesthetic used extensively in veterinary medicine.
  • It is also known as "special K".

Common Symptoms

  • Drowsiness
  • Impaired judgment
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Impaired or loss of memory
  • Lack of muscle coordination

How to Protect Yourself

  • Do not leave drinks unattended.
  • Do not accept open containers at parties.
  • Accept drinks only from bartenders or servers and watch them open it.
  • If you feel ill, get help immediately.

Source: http://www.hawc.org/topics/teen/daterapedrugs.html (Houston Area Women's Center Web Site)


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