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Hold Back Info On Rape Drugs, Media Told

Hold Back Info On Rape Drugs, Media Told

SUVA (FijiLive/Pacific Media Watch): Information on drugs mainly used for drug assisted sexual assault purposes should not to be publicised in Fiji, says former New Zealand Drug Rape Trust member Janice Giles, the Daily Post reports.

Giles was reacting to a media report that reported on different drugs that are becoming prevalent in the country.

³Media organisations in countries where drug rape is common are warned not to publicly release details of the drug as this will just arouse further interest, but rather to focus on protection against it,² said Giles.

The drug known as "Rape Drug" is reportedly sold and used in nightclubs in the Pacific region and one indication of it being used is when victims become very drunk from having just one drink.

³Young girls and women are to be very cautious while drinking at nightclubs or at drinking parties while socialising with strangers, says Fiji Women¹s Crisis Centre deputy coordinator Edwina Kotoisuva.

³Don¹t accept drinks from strangers, always watch your drink. Never leave it unattended. If a drink does not look or taste fine, do not drink it and if you feel drunk and you haven¹t had much, tell someone you trust, stick with your friends,² said Ms Kotoisuva.

She added similar cases of the rape drug had been reported in Fiji but instigators were not known because of the victims¹ loss of memory of the incidents.

³Victims at times wake up the next morning without any recollection of what happened to them even though medical reports could prove sexual assaults, making it very hard for police to follow up on the incident,² said Kotoisuva.



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