There are many connections between sexual assault and substance abuse. In many sexual assaults the perpetrator and/or victim may be using/abusing alcohol or drugs prior to the assault. Being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is not an excuse for perpetrating sexual violence. Victims whoa re under the influence of substances at the time of the assault are not responsible for the perpetrator’s actions.

There is a correlation between substance abuse and victims of sexual violence. Many of these people use drugs and alcohol to help them cope or escape their feelings and memories of their sexual assault.


Although alcohol is used most often in many sexual assaults as a way of sedating victims, there are several other date rape drugs that exist. These drugs include: Rohypnol, GHB which are the most common date rape drugs next to alcohol. Others include: diazepam, clonazepam, chloral hydrate, sleeping aids, marijuana, muscle relaxants, cocaine, barbiturates, opiates, and amphetamines.

If you suspect that you have been drugged and/or sexually assaulted, please contact Advocates of Ozaukee at 1-877-375-4034 or your local police department for drug testing resources. Most substances can be detected though appropriate drug testing. The findings of these tests can be valuable if the victim chooses to report the sexual assault to authorities.

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