As alot of my customers and friends know i have an older daughter who has now gone off to college. I was doing some research this morning online and found these "quick 17 things that every girl should know" about Date Rape Drugs and habits. It is my job as your insurance agent  to help protect your family and mine, so i thought i would share these with you. Please read and pass this infomration on to family and friends!

Terry Young
SRS Insurance Group
1-877-222-UROK (8765)

Date Rape Drugs...

Avoid becoming intoxicated in public and at parties -- keep yourself to a 1-2 drink limit. Alcohol lessens inhibitions and decreases awareness, so people are more apt to do things they would not normally do while sober. It is best to stay lucid, especially when with acquaintances and strangers.

Always keep your eye on every beverage you drink. Keep it with you always- even to the restroom. Date rape drugs like rohypnol ("roofies"), gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and ketamine, which all can cause loss of or altered consciousness, are easily mixed into drinks when you are not looking. Do not drink from communal containers, such as punch bowls.

Once you lose sight of your drink, do not consume it any more. A substance could been added to your beverage during your absence, so get another drink. If someone offers to buy you a drink, watch the bartender prepare it and only accept the drink from the bartender.

Do not give out personal information (such as your location) or your daily schedule online. Do not allow new acquaintances to know you are alone at an event or that you live by yourself.

Communicate your sexual and relationship boundaries clearly. Never assume a person interprets your passivity correctly -- where you are disinterested, they may perceive interest or believe that you wish to be pursued. If you are not interested in someone, make that clear to him. Do not flirt with someone unless you are sexually or romantically interested in him. If a person's advances make you feel nervous, have nothing to do with them.

Be cautious if a man habitually tends to negate your opinions and feelings: "You don't believe that," or "You really don't feel that way,".

           Be cautious with anyone who tends to degrade an entire gender: "They're all bitches or sluts", "They say  one thing when they     really mean another,".

Be assertive with anyone who ignores your personal boundaries, regardless of the length of time you've been acquainted with the person. You have every right to stop a sexual act from continuing at any time, regardless of your attraction to the other person or any prior sexual acts you have done with them.

Make an observation of how an individual treats service staff (waiters, clerks etc.). Is he rude and aggressive with them?

Date people whose background you are familiar with in real life. Always meet initial dates in public and do not allow them to come to your home until you are comfortable with the idea.

Avoid going into secluded areas with your date until you have known him for some time. Go on double dates until you feel comfortable being alone with your boyfriend/girlfriend. Always let someone know who you are going with and where you are going.

Never be alone with people who ignore your personal boundaries. This is specifically directed at men who won't take "no" for an answer when you reject their romantic/sexual overtures and also those who attempt to coerce you into behavior that you find uncomfortable. If someone does this, cut off all communication.

A person should never make you feel obligated to engage in a sexual act (this includes kissing) simply because they paid for drinks/dinner/entertainment. You are also not obligated to engage in sexual activity with someone after an 'X' amount of dates. Never date a person who espouses those beliefs.

Do not go to an apartment or hotel room if you do not know the person well, and don't let them follow you to your room. Do not give out your room number, and ask hotel/apartment staff not to give out your information to anyone who may call to ask about it. Once you are with someone in their room - or they, in yours - it is much more difficult to extract yourself from a bad situation.

Don't be afraid to leave an uncomfortable environment. If your instincts are warning you to be afraid of a person or a situation, leave immediately.

Do not be afraid to make a scene if you feel threatened by an acquaintance. Yell, kick, pound on a wall, throw things, do everything possible to attract outside attention.

Be a "bad" girl. So many girls are taught that in order to be "good," we must be docile, accepting, quiet and polite. This is wrong, especially at times when you feel threatened. If your instincts tell you that you need to get away from someone, get away and don't worry about hurting his/her feelings or causing a scene.


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