Commonly referred to as "date rape drugs" these are any type of drug used by a perpetrator to make it easier to sexually assault someone. These drugs (e.g. Rohypnol, Ketamine, GHB, Ambien) may have no color, odor, or taste and are commonly added into a beverage; however, alcohol is the main drug used to assault someone.
While the phrase "date rape" is used, these drugs are not exclusively used by someone in a relationship or on a date with the victim. These drugs can cause someone to be confused about what is happening, physically or mentally incapable of stopping a situation, unable to remember what happened, or render them unconscious. Some common warning signs that someone has been drugged are: dizziness, problems speaking, difficulty moving or controlling their body, nausea or vomiting, sleepiness, confusion, and trouble breathing.
If you think you have been drugged:
- Find a safe escort home.
- Seek medical attention. Doctors may examine you for internal injuries, test for STI's and give emergency contraception. They will also test your blood and urine for the presence of date rape drugs, if you request it.
- You have a 12 to 72-hour window to be tested for date rape drugs depending on the type of drug.
Important resources you can access:
Student Health Center | 360.650.3400 | 2001 Bill McDonald Parkway
- Provides emergency contraceptive services and treatment for injuries and sexually transmitted infections. Available during weekday business hours.
St. Joseph’s Hospital | 360.734.5400 | 2901 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham
- Provides treatment for injuries and sexually transmitted infections, and rape kit assessments with a sexual assault nurse examiner. Advocates for survivors are available on call. Open all hours.
Means that at the time of the act of sexual intercourse or sexual contact there are actual words or conduct indicating freely given agreement to have sexual intercourse or sexual contact. (RCW 9A.44.010)
- If coercion, intimidation, threats, or forcible compulsion is used there is no consent.
- If a person is mentally incapacitated or physically helpless or impaired such that a reasonable person would believe the incapacitated person cannot understand the fact, nature or extent of the sexual situation, there is no consent. This includes impairment or incapacitation due to alcohol or other drug consumption, or being asleep or unconscious or because of an intellectual or other disability that prevents the person from having the capacity to give consent.
- There is no consent when there is force, expressed or implied, or use of duress or deception.
- Coercion, forcible compulsion, or threat of either invalidates consent.
- Silence or an absence of resistance does not imply consent.
- Consent to engage in sexual activity with one person does not imply consent to engage in sexual activity with another person.
- Consent can be withdrawn at any time.
- Past consent to sexual activities does not imply ongoing future consent.
Violence committed by a person:
1. Who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and
2. Where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
a. the length of the relationship
b. the type of relationship
c. the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship
(a) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assault, between family or household members;
(b) sexual assault of one family or household member by another; or
Non-sexual harassment of a person because of the person’s sex and/or gender and/or gender identity, including but not limited to harassment based on the person’s non-conformity with gender and gender identity stereotypes.
Any actual or attempted sexual contact or behavior with another person without that person’s consent.
(WA RCW 7.90.150 (6a) a sex offense as defined in RCW 9.94A.030, any violation of RCW 9A.44.096, or any violation of RCW 9.68A.090, or any gross misdemeanor that is, under chapter 9A.28 RCW, a criminal attempt, criminal solicitation, or criminal conspiracy to commit an offense that is classified as a sex offense under RCW 9.94A.030.)
Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. This includes unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors, or other unwelcomed verbal, physical, or cyber conduct of a sexual nature and can involve persons of the same or different sexes or sexual orientations. Sexual harassment also includes sexual violence, sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, stalking, sexual misconduct, and dating violence.
Consistent with the law, this policy prohibits two types of sexual harassment:
A. Quid Pro Quo: Sexual harassment that has a tangible educational or employment impact. This type of sexual harassment occurs when the terms or conditions of employment, educational benefits, academic grades or opportunities, living environment or participation in a University activity is conditioned upon, either explicitly or implicitly, submission to or rejection of unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors, or such submission or rejection is a factor in decisions affecting that individual’s employment, education, living environment, or participation in a University program or activity. Generally, perpetrators will be agents or employees with some authority from the University.
B. Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment: Hostile environment harassment is sufficiently serious (i.e., severe, pervasive, or persistent) and objectively offensive so as to deny or limit a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s programs, services, opportunities, or activities; or when such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment or education. Harassment that creates a hostile environment (“hostile environment harassment”) violates this policy. A hostile environment can be created by anyone involved in a University program or activity (e.g., administrators, faculty members, students, and even campus guests). Mere offensiveness is not enough to create a hostile environment. Although repeated incidents increase the likelihood that harassment has created a hostile environment, a serious incident, such as a sexual assault, even if isolated, can be sufficient.
A person commits the crime of stalking if, without lawful authority and under circumstances not amounting to a felony attempt of another crime:
1. He or she intentionally and repeatedly harasses or repeatedly follows another person; and
2. The person being harassed or followed is placed in fear that the stalker intends to injure the person, another person, or property of the person or of another person. The feeling of fear must be one that a reasonable person in the same situation would experience under all the circumstances; and
3. The stalker either:
a. Intends to frighten, intimidate, or harass the person; or
b. Knows or reasonably should know that the person is afraid, intimidated, or harassed even if the stalker did not intend to place the person in fear or intimidate or harass the person.
(See RCW 9A.46.110)