Women Should Stop Worrying About Date Rape Drugs, Says Conservative Think Tank

Women Should Stop Worrying About Date Rape Drugs, Says Conservative Think Tank

By Brent McCluskey 10/22/14

A video released by the American Enterprise Institute is the latest attempt by conservatives to blame the victims of rape.

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A new video released by conservative think tank The American Enterprise Institute says women at bars should stop worrying about date-rate drugs and start being more concerned about drinking less alcohol.

The video, which is part of AEI’s “Factual Feminist” blog, talks about the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee fraternity that was suspended last September for allegedly giving roofies to three women during a party. But AEI researcher Caroline Kitchens says there was no evidence to support the claim, and that women have grown overly paranoid of being drugged and sexually assaulted.

“Most commonly, victims of drug-facilitated sexual assault are severely intoxicated, often from their own volition,” Kitchens says. “Paranoia over the date-rape drug causes us to misplace our anxieties, and feminists should be concerned that women are modifying their behavior on their girls nights’ out in order to protect themselves from some vague, improbable threat. So why are we all so scared of roofies?”

In the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee incident, three women and one man were hospitalized after passing out in the fraternity house. The three women each had a red “X” on their hands, while other partygoers had a black “X.” This led to speculation of a premeditated plan to administer a date-rape drug to the women. But when police searched the premises they found no trace of Rohypnol, GHB, or any other form of date-rape drug. According to Kitchens, this lack of evidence is common in drug-related sexual assault allegations.

“Panic and questionable allegations about the date-rape drug are rampant,” Kitchens says. “Everything from lip gloss to nail polish to coasters has been invented to protect women from rapists armed with roofies. But the evidence doesn’t match the hype.”

But Kitchens isn’t alone in this viewpoint. TheFix.com earlier reported that others, like Slate columnist Emily Yoffe, have expressed a similar sentiment. Yoffee blamed college women for being sexually assaulted, saying they invited it by drinking too much alcohol.

Colby Bruno, a senior legal counsel at the Victim Rights Law Center, says alcohol, not roofies, is the most frequently used date-rate drug, but added that “saying the threat of date-rape drugs is overblown because women don’t want to take responsibility for having gotten too drunk is utterly preposterous.”

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Brent McCluskey is a Social Media Editor at International Business Times as well as a Jedi with Sith tendencies.  He is also a reader of books, slayer of dragons, and level 80 mage.

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