In cases of drug-facilitated sexual assault, survivors often blame themselves. Remember—you are not to blame. Someone took advantage of you, and that is not your fault. Drug-facilitated sexual assault occurs when alcohol or drugs are used to compromise an individual's ability to consent to sexual activity. Drugs and alcohol can cause diminished capacity, a legal term that varies in definition from state to state.
SART Toolkit Section | National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
Abstract Sexual assault is a pervasive public health issue on college campuses in the United States. Given that perpetrators of sexual violence often use alcohol and other drugs to generate vulnerability among victims through severe intoxication, victims may interact with collegiate-based emergency medical services personnel to receive medical care. It is crucial that collegiate first responders understand the dynamics of sexual violence and recognize the various health risks among patients who have experienced drug-facilitated sexual assault. Therefore, the purposes of this article are to review drug-facilitated sexual assault in the college environment, examine the health effects of drugs and alcohol in facilitating sexual violence, and discuss proper response and treatment guidelines for collegiate first responders.