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Craccum defends drug rape story

Published: 3:34PM Wednesday October 09, 2002

Auckland University's student magazine is under fire over an article that appears to promote drug rape.

Police are alarmed by the article in Craccum, while social workers describe it as a "how-to" for drug rapists.

The magazine is no stranger to controversy, having run articles on how to shoplift and how to commit suicide in the past.

"Maybe it's just a publicity stunt to get more people to read their publication," says Detective Inspector Bruce Shadbolt of the Auckland Police.

A female student alerted police to the article, which tells how unattractive men can use drugs to stop a date saying no to sex.

Its lists the banned drugs rohypnol, ketamine and One-4b.

"It goes into quite specific detail of what those are and the effects of using them," Shadbolt says.

But Craccum's editor has no regrets, saying the article was meant to warn people about drug rape, not promote it.

"The article was written purely to get awareness out there, pure and simple," Colin Mitchell says.

There is one drug rape a week in Auckland, and the city's drug rape trust says Craccum has done more harm that good.

"This is not an educational article this is a how-to for drug rapists and the wording of the document actually indicates that," Louise Carroll of the Auckland Drug Rape Trust says.

Craccum is published by the Auckland University Students Association. The president of AUSA says he is happy with its content, but what goes in the magazine is up to its editors.

Police are still deciding whether to prosecute.