Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault: A Forensic Handbook

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Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault educates readers on the ways in which drugs are used as weapons in committing sexual assaults and how to successfully investigate these crimes.

It looks at the history of these crimes over the years, and includes an in-depth discussion of the drugs and drug classes in use today. It describes the effects of these drugs on the victims, the process for reporting these crimes, details on the type of person who uses drugs to sexually assault an individual, and obstacles to investigating the suspect. The authors show the proper techniques in collecting and analyzing evidence; ways to overcome some of the unique difficulties encountered in these types of investigations; and how to work with other professionals to prosecute these cases successfully. The concluding appendixes are valuable samples of the necessary forms needed to complete these investigations.

This book is ideal for anyone involved in investigating these crimes, including forensic scientists, law enforcement officers, lawyers, toxicologists, and medical professionals.



* Ideal for everyone involved in the investigation of these crimes, including forensic scientists, police officers, lawyers, toxicologists and medical professionals

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Shows how drugs are used as weapons in committing sexual assaults and how to successfully investigate these crimes

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Sexual assault has become a complicated issue over the past decade and poses many difficulties in prevention and diagnosis. With the availability of disabling drugs such as "ecstasy," the phrase "slipped a Mickey Finn" has taken on new meaning, not only for the victim but also for the investigative team. This multiauthored book describes the fundamental differences between sexual assault and drug-facilitated sexual assault and points out the difficulties drugs pose in forensic studies. According to this book, drug-facilitated sexual assault can be "the perfect crime in a pill." The victim, out at a social event, meets and mingles with a respectable-looking person, who secretly slips (gamma)-hydroxybutyric acid or ecstasy into the victim's drink. The victim, totally unaware, becomes incapacitated and is then taken by the perpetrator to an apartment or private site where she is raped, sodomized, and photographed while unconscious. She later awakes and is unaware of what has happened, save for the bruises or the lethargic aftermath of the drug. She may only realize 24 to 48 hours later that she has been sexually assaulted, at a time when diagnostic studies may be too late. Although the book focuses on forensic issues, it covers the various experiences, symptoms, and memories of victims and the characteristics of assailants, and it describes settings where drug-facilitated sexual assault commonly occurs. There are major differences between the perpetrators of drug-facilitated sexual assault and perpetrators of forcible or coercive rape. There is rarely violence during drug-facilitated sexual assault, and rarely do the attackers display remorse. These assailants use drugs that are available to them: some may use their own barbiturate or benzodiazepine prescription, and those employed in health care may use various hypnotics or sedatives in their possession. Most of the book deals with the various classes of drugs used in this type of assault and their availability, metabolism, and biologic activity in the victim's specimens. Although alcohol is the drug most commonly used in drug-facilitated sexual assault (accounting for one third of cases), marijuana and lysergic acid diethylamide are used in 18 percent of cases and cocaine in 8 percent, and (gamma)-hydroxybutyrate and flunitrazepam (a benzodiazepine) are becoming ever more popular and readily obtainable. The authors note that (gamma)-hydroxybutyric acid can be made in a kitchen from industrial solvents and paint remover. There are simple instructions on the Internet for making these products. The book targets as its audience clinicians, laboratory-services staff, police officers, district attorneys, the staff of hospital emergency departments and urgent-care settings, and even college administrators, all of whom may confront the issue of "date rape." All the contributors recommend the use of teamwork in working with victims of drug-facilitated sexual assault and in solving the cases. The team consists of the victim, the sexual-assault nurse examiner (or the equivalent), the sexual-assault response team (or the emergency-department equivalent), the prosecutor and his or her staff, the laboratory analysts, and expert witnesses, all of whom understand the ramifications of drug-facilitated sexual assault. The sexual-assault nurse examiner and sexual-assault response team play an extremely important part but are not routinely available. As with any multiauthored book, there is a great deal of repetition. Each chapter could stand alone as a separate article. However, the message is worth the repetitive reading. This book is definitely timely. David S. Rosenthal, M.D.
Copyright 2002 Massachusetts Medical Society. All rights reserved. The New England Journal of Medicine is a registered trademark of the MMS.

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