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Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault. Presenter Lyndel Williams. The Danger of Predatory Drugs. Offenders use of “anesthesia-type” drug Whether give stealthily or not Renders the victim physically incapacitated and thus incapable resisting sexual advances

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Drug facilitated sexual assault

Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault


Lyndel Williams

The danger of predatory drugs
The Danger of Predatory Drugs

  • Offenders use of “anesthesia-type” drug

  • Whether give stealthily or not

  • Renders the victim physically incapacitated and thus incapable resisting sexual advances

  • May be conscious during all or part of the assault

  • May have amnesia even when conscious

  • May appear to “participate” during the assault

What is drug facilitated sexual assault
What is Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault

  • Victim is to high or drunk to consent for one of three reasons:

    • Surreptitious administration by assailant

    • Mixing of prescription or over the counter drugs will alcohol or recreational drugs

    • Recreational use by the victim

  • Remember because the victim consented to drink or use drugs does not mean they consented to sex

The drugs of sexual assault
The Drugs of Sexual Assault

  • Alcohol

  • Flunitrazepam (Rohypnol)

  • GHB or its analog GBL

  • Other Benzodiazephines

  • Antihistamines

  • Animal Tranquilizers

  • Sleep aids

Dfsa issues
DFSA Issues

  • Significantly delayed disclosure or not reported

  • Inadequate toxicology

    • Must have access to a lab capable of testing sensitive drugs like GHB and Rohypnol:

      Threshold should be .02 ng/ml

      Most machines 20 ng/ml

      Some machines set at 200 ng/ml

  • Change in standards of evidence (blood to urine)

  • Identification and use of expert witness

Dfsa and toxicology
DFSA and Toxicology

  • Law enforcement must ask the victim about voluntary drug use, recreation, prescription and over the counter. We need to know:

    • Victims level of experience with drugs and alcohol

    • Date and time of last dose

    • How much alcohol over what period of time

    • Types of alcohol

    • How many time did the victim void prior to the exam

  • What was different this time?

Dfsa and toxicology1
DFSA and Toxicology

  • GI/GU

    • Nausea

    • Vomiting (can be tested)

    • Diarrhea

    • Incontinence (urine and feces)

High blood alcohol level
High Blood Alcohol Level

  • A high blood alcohol level and the victim’s insistence that she doesn’t drink and no recall of doing so, should TRIGGER further tests

  • Once given drugs may unknowingly drink shots handed to her

  • Person booked for DUI may report rape once they “come out of it”

  • Don’t assume they are making it up to get out of the DUI!

  • Never refuse a rape kit!

The stimulant scenario
The Stimulant Scenario

  • Stimulants such as cocaine or methamphetamine can be administered to the victim to:

    • Confuse the police

    • Damage the victims credibility

  • How administered?

    • Smoked or oral, vaginal or anus by engaging in sex acts called “booting”

Interviewing the dfsa victim
Interviewing the DFSA Victim

  • Don’t lead the victim – “and did you feel like”; oh, maybe somebody put something your drink”

  • The victim may be looking to fill the gaps in her memory, and may adopt these memories as her own

  • Be careful what you say to other officers, witnesses and hospital personnel

Interviewing the dfsa victim1
Interviewing the DFSA Victim

  • Patterns of sexual relations and recent consensual acts

  • Personal history of alcohol/drugs

    • Normal drinking levels

    • What she knows she ingested

  • Anything missing?

    • Money

    • Jewelry

    • Clothes

    • Pictures

Investigating dfsa
Investigating DFSA

  • Search warrants

    • Act promptly

    • Officers should know what they are looking for

      • Drugs

      • Precursors

      • Packaging

      • Photographs/video (additional victims)

      • Computer records

        • Downloading GHB recipe's

        • Pornography sites

    • Documents and packaging

      • “Bond Tech” could be a GHB kit ordered over the internet

      • Catalogs and receipts from Aldrich or Sigma Chemicals supplies (manufacturing operation?)

Investigating dfsa1
Investigating DFSA

  • Sexual acts beyond the victims experience

  • Lack of contraception or protection from STD

  • Suspect’s prior criminal history

  • Interview suspects friends

  • Prior known victims, even those past the statue of limitations

  • Grapevine assistance




Drunk Sex

Drunk sex vs rape
Drunk Sex vs. Rape

  • Look for lack of consent

  • Did the perpetrator select the victim because she would be an easy target

  • Overcome the tendency to overlook the elements in favor of blaming the victim

  • Look for planning or manipulation on the part of the perpetrator

  • Did he deceive the victim (you are too drunk to drive)

  • Focus on the perpetrators attempts to control the situation

Victim s credibility
Victim’s Credibility

Perception at the time of the assault

  • Degree of intoxication

    • Were her motor skills impaired?

    • Was she able to perceive what was happening around her?

  • Who gave her the drinks?

    • Was it the defendant?

    • Did the defendant encourage her to drink?

  • Victim s credibility1
    Victim’s Credibility

    Memory after the incident

    • What does she remember about the event?

    • Did she black out or pass out?

    • Where did she go that night?

    • Can anything refresh her memory?

      • Physical or medical evidence

      • Statements from other witnesses

      • Photographs or video tapes

    Victim credibility
    Victim Credibility


    • Victim may delay in reporting

      • Evidence lost

      • Credibility issues?

    • Witnesses

      • Does she remember if anyone else was present?

      • Who did she tell first?

      • Who saw her first after the assault

    • Witnesses to ingestion

      • What did they see or hear?

      • Interview bartenders and waiters

        • How much did victim have to drink

        • Did she appear to be drunk

    Victim credibility1
    Victim Credibility

    Victim Likeability

    • Victim becomes the focus of the investigation

    • May not want to cooperate with investigation

    • Prior bad acts

    • Does not present as a sympathetic victim

    Evidence collection
    Evidence Collection

    • Must find corroborating physical or medical evidence

      • Are there surveillance tapes?

      • Videotapes?

      • Tape recordings?

      • Photographs?

      • Injuries?

      • Evidence of victim’s presence:

        • Blood

        • Hair

        • Vomit

        • Clothing

    The perpetrator
    The Perpetrator

    • Always attempt an interview

      • Did he know she was drunk?

        • How much did she drink?

        • What signs of intoxication did she exhibit?

        • Who purchased the alcohol?

        • Who provided the alcohol?

      • Why does the perpetrator think the encounter was consensual?

    The perpetrator1
    The Perpetrator

    • Defendants state of intoxication:

      Either he was wasted (and therefore shouldn’t be able to remember clearly what happened) or he was sober enough to have the ability to perceive and remember (and therefore, sober enough to know better)

    Gamma hydroxy butyrate
    Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate

    • AKA:

      GHB, G, Jib, Scoop,

      Liquid X, Easy Lay

      Grievous Bodily Harm,

      Gamma 10, Salty Water

      and GHB Buddy

    Ghb information
    GHB Information

    • GHB is a behavioral CNS depressant that was originally used by body builders

    • Still heavily used by body builders and their associates

    • GHB is available in Europe as an anesthetic

    • Drug of choice for Raves, dance clubs and any one mandatory drug testing

    • It has been reported that some “meth” operations may run a batch of GHB between meth runs

    Unique to ghb
    Unique to GHB

    • Extremely dose sensitive and very unpredictable especially with alcohol

    • Vomiting (can be tested)

    • Rapid high intoxication

    • May loose control of bodily functions

    • Sexually oriented behavior

    • Seizure type movement

    • Very loud chain-saw like snoring

    • Sudden resolution of symptoms

    Unique to ghb1
    Unique to GHB

    • Respiration very depressed (six per minute)

    • Pulse – probably slow, but maybe fast

    • Comatose (deep, unarousable sleep)

    • No gag reflex

    • 3 – 5 hours of effects

    • No antidote

    Field testing
    Field Testing

    • NO field test kit that accurately identifies GHB (most test for Hydroxy element, thus will not identify analogs)

    • Have a bottle of real water to do a side-by-side comparison

    • BUT:

    Field testing1
    Field Testing

    This is what GHB/GBL does to a Styrofoam cup!

    Ghb street form
    GHB Street Form

    • Most frequently seen as a liquid

    • Highly concentrated street-form come in small plastic bottles (Visine or nasal spray)

    • Colorless, odorless, tasteless or salty

    • Dosage is usually a capful or two depending on potency

    What to expect
    What To Expect!

    GHB in it’s pure form is clear and thicker than water; it bubbles when shaken. But it can be dyed any color, watered down and not all of it’s analog cousins bubble.

    Typical ghb containers
    Typical GHB Containers

    Typical bottles for hiding GHB – film canisters, hair spray, liquid candy, food coloring, and vanilla bottles. Gatorade and hand-pump lotion bottles

    Recognizing containers
    Recognizing Containers

    ANY container that will hold a liquid. Don’t overlook anything in the kitchen, bathroom or garage. Examine all sports and nutritional supplement containers. GHB addicts have even hidden GHB in engine compartments.

    Efforts to avoid detection
    Efforts to Avoid Detection

    GHB and it’s analogs are notprotected by the Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act of 1994

    How much does it cost
    How Much Does It Cost?

    • Party caps: $5.00 to $15.00

    • 16 ounce bottle of water: $30.00 or more

      -contains approximately 90 caps

    • 32 ouch bottle of water: $80.00 to $120.00

    • They can be from 5 to 70 percent or possibly even straight GHB

    Common indicators that ghb has arrived
    Common Indicators ThatGHB Has Arrived

    • Increase in the number of rapes

    • Sudden increase in calls to one location

      -disturbance calls

      -vomit in bathrooms and halls

      -unarousable “drunks” inside and outside the location

    • Increased number of drunk driving stops with surprisingly low blood alcohol levels

    Ghb terms
    GHB Terms

    • “carpeting out” or “throwing down” or “scooping out” refers to suddenly collapsing in a heap

    • “head snap” refers to similar involuntary forward snap of the head when the GHB takes affect

    Analogs of ghb
    Analogs of GHB

    • An analog is a chemical cousin with substantially similar chemical structure, or the same or similar side effects

    • Blue Nitro, Renewtrient, Revivarant, Remforce, Firewater, etc.

      • Gamma butyl lactone (GBL)

      • It is illegal federally & most states

      • This is an unapproved, misbranded drug

      • It is the precursor to GHB but also an “analog”

      • It converts in the body rapidly to GHB

    More ghb analogs
    More GHB Analogs

    Serenity, FX, Enliven, Biosul,

    One4B, Fantasy, Sucol B (made up name), etc.

    The latest analogs
    The Latest Analogs

    Midnight Blue, 4 Sleep

    Tranquili G, Sublimiss,


    Sodium 4- hydroxyvalerate (GHV)

    aka 4-methyl GHB

    aka Valeric acid


    • Things to look for:

      • Does not contain GHB

      • “legal (or herbal) GHB”

      • Cleaning products or fingernail polish remover that say “no aftertaste” or “in case of accidental ingestion, mint flavoring has been added”

      • Other warnings include: before remover arrives be sure to buy a bottle of fingernail polish to justify having this product

    How are victims drugged
    How are Victims Drugged?

    • Sweet or cinnamon flavored liquors like Goldschlager

    • Strong drinks like Long Island Ice Tea or Hot Damn

    • Any odd concoction that can mask the flavor

    • Some may freeze GHB into ice cubes

    Clandestine synthesis of ghb
    Clandestine Synthesis of GHB

    • One step reaction

    • Required chemicals easy to obtain

    • No special reaction conditions or chemical knowledge required

    • Synthesis has been widely described on the internet

    • www.erowid.org

    Chemicals used
    Chemicals Used

    • Sodium or Potassium hydroxide

    • Ethanol (ethyl alcohol)

    • Acid (Hydrochloric or Sulfuric)

    • pH buffer solutions

    • Gamma-Butylactone (a solvent used for degreasing engines/cement or stripping floors)

    Ghb addiction
    GHB Addiction

    • Addiction is not measured by quantity consumed but by frequency

    • Most stumble into addiction accidentally

    • Missing a dose by more than a few hours sends the addict into significant withdrawal symptoms

    • Will dose every one to three hours with slightly higher dose at night for sleep or

    • Around the clock sipping from a bottle of diluted product

    • Effects will vary based on tiny variations in dose, food intake or lack of food or other unknown reasons

    Addiction withdrawal
    Addiction Withdrawal

    • Withdrawal is characterized by:

      • Profuse sweating

      • Anxiety attacks

      • Soaring blood pressure (stroke levels)

      • Hallucinations

      • May not recognize family and friends

    Ghb detoxification protocol
    GHB Detoxification Protocol

    • Exact withdrawal treatment has not been clearly defined

    • Treatment will involve use of benzodiazepines and antipsychotic medications, or Phenobarbital

    • Attempts to self-detoxify, without medical assistance have been fatal and most are unable to tolerate the symptoms of withdrawal

    Who are the g aholics
    Who Are The G-Aholics?

    • Bodybuilders/athletes

    • Business professionals (sleep aids)

    • Elderly (anti-aging compound)

    • People with depression

    • People subject to random drug testing

    What is rohypnol
    What is Rohypnol?

    • Brand name for flunitrazepam manufactured by Hoffman-LaRoche

    • Used as a pre-anesthetic

    • Causes anterograde amnesia

    • Class of drugs called benzodiazepines

    • A chronic user may ingest up to three or more 2mg. tablets without losing consciousness

    What are benzodiazepines
    What are Benzodiazepines?

    • Are in the family of depressants

    • Can produce sedation and deep sleep

    • Acts as a hypnotic in high doses

    • Are sedatives (insomnia) in low doses

    • Are among the most widely prescribed drugs, accounting for 30% of all controlled substances

    Benzo family members
    “Benzo” Family Members

    diazepam (valium)

    flurazepam (dalmane)

    clonazepam (klonopin)

    alprazolam (xanax)

    chlordiazepoxide (librium)

    midazolam (versed)

    triazolam (halcion)

    flunitrazepam (rohypnol)

    Rohypnol slang names
    Rohypnol Slang Names

    • Roofies, Roches, Ruffies

    • Ropies, R-2, R-1

    • Forget-me-pill, Mind Eraser

    • Pingas, Wheel, Shay

    • Landing Gear, LaRocha

    • Ro-shay, Robutal, Roche

    Illegal behavior associated with rohypnol
    Illegal Behavior Associated with Rohypnol

    • Acts of vandalism, sexual assault, and other acts of violence

    • Used by heroin addicts to expand the effects of low-grade heroin or even used as a substitute

    • Used by cocaine and methamphetamine addicts to “cushion the crash”

    • Driving while impaired violations go undetected

    Typical users
    Typical Users

    • Lower border

    • Rest of Texas

    • Middle and high school youth

    • College students

    • Older poly-drug users

    • Gang members

    Thank you
    Thank You!

    Lyndel Williams

    Training Director

    Texas Association Against Sexual Assault

    6200 La Calma Drive, Suite 110

    Austin, Texas 78752

    512-474-7190 x27