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My best friend went to a party and someone brought my friend a drink. Before my friend knew it, s/he was in another room, unable to move. My friend was raped. What happened?

Rohypnol or “roofies” is a powerful sedative that can make someone unable to move or talk. It’s often referred to as the “date-rape drug” because it can knock someone out or make it so they can’t move or speak. “Roofies” can also cause someone to forget exactly what happened to them while they were under the influence of the drug. Someone may slip “roofies” into a drink in order to have control over the person they wish to rape and increase the chances they won’t remember anything.

Another drug commonly used in these situations is called GHB. GHB, which is colorless and odorless in its liquid form, can be added to a drink without anyone noticing. GHB, much like Rohypnol, can make it so that someone is not able to resist or say no. GHB can also cause memory problems.

Having sex with people when they didn’t want to—or when they weren’t able to say whether they wanted to—is considered rape. Anyone who experiences something like this—male or female—can call the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

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