Vanessa (piece to camera):
"when you go out on a Friday night, you expect to have a couple of drinks, and a bit of fun... but there is a flipside.....a downside."
(Vanessa puts drink down in bar)
Vanessa (piece to camera):
"In the time it takes me to turn around and finish this sentence, somebody could've spiked my drink....."
(cutaways: assorted crowd, people pass bouncer)
[PART ONE: what is drug rape]
Louise Carroll- Drug Rape Trust:
Drug rape is where somone knowingly gives someone else medicine or drugs to make them incapable of either protecting themselves, or saying no
Karen Humphris- Sexual Health Nurse:
Over the last 18 months, we've certainly had more drug rape cases, because there are a wider range of drugs in the country, there's easier access to drugs.
There are now over 60 different types of chemicals available to a would-be rapist.. we won't name them because we don't want to advertise them, but many are colourless, odourless and impossible to taste in a drink..
(cutaway: picks up bottle)
(cutaway: pours shot of spirit)
(cutaway: pours coke into glass)
(cutaway: ice into glass)
(cutaway: slips pill into drink)
drug rape is not just a crime committed by strangers....
70% of these offenders are known to the victims, either as collegues, family members, friends
Just with the drugs and that-these days, it makes it a lot easier for a guy to score these days you know, it just makes it a lot less effort for a guy, not saying it's a good thing but- just makes it easier..."
"It's something that I've been through myself...date rape....no alcohol related.. it was someone I'd been seeing for about 3 months at the time.. I knew I was going through it at the time- but um, just couldn't stop it."
And because police statistics don't include unreported cases, it's impossible to know how widespread this problem is..(pop up: 2,138 sexual attacks were reported last year)
Because the women often wake up in the morning and don't know what has happened, whether they've been assaulted sexually, they don't have the memory, they have intermittent memory- so they're not going to tell anyone-don't have the narrative, the story to speak about what happened"
NZ has a real issue of-- we're just a little country miles away from anywhere else, things like this don't happen..Well sorry NZ, you have to wake up, things like this are happening, you have to believe, when someone says something really strange happened to me-
What happens if you wake up and you can't remember the night before ? Maybe you had too much to drink, but maybe you didn't....
(cutaway: closeup of mirror ball)
Kathy Low- Sexual Health Nurse
"the signs and symptoms are complete memory loss or gaps in their memory-fleeting images of things that have happened"
"You need to go to medical help- you need to have your urine tested to see if there's any chemicals in it, and you need to seek help straight away, because there are consequences to this memory loss that need to be looked after by a doctor, and there may be evidence that something else has happened to you and the police need to know about it."
(cutaway: wideshot of dark club and dancing)
"The police are usually pretty good at dealing with young people like this, where they can't remember anything, and that can be probably more scary sometimes than actually remembering what's happened."
While the best to do is talk to someone about what's happened, it's usually a terrifying prospect......
(cutaway: orange pamphlet)
(cutaway: small red pamphlet)
(cutaway: closeup of feet dancing on floor)
"Sometimes it's just embarrassment- sometimes it's fear of not wanting parents to find out they've been at a party they shouldn't have been at"
now it's sort of like, ahh, I woke up in a random guy's house or whatever and it's sort of really embarrassing... and they don't know whether to pinpoint it on- maybe my drink was spiked, or maybe I had far too much to drink..
[PART THREE: how to keep safe when you're out...]
"I think since the whole 18 drinking thing came in- girls go out on the town- they're probably aware of it now- but in the beginning, they were probably so overwhelmed by the whole town scene and the attention was just like- wow- I'm getting free drinks all night"
(cutaway: assorted crowd)
(cutaway: people pass bouncer)
"It's like you have to look at- where are you going ? what are the vulnerablilities, and don't just assume that the doorman, the barman, the taxi driver is safe- you actually have to know the person, and know that they're safe."
Watch the drink right from when it's being poured, and if you have to leave it for any reason- throw it away
(cutaway: drink being poured in bar)
Scotty Stevenson- Former Barman:
"It's hard to witness, because people do it so quickly, you leave your drink for 30 seconds, and someone can slip a pill in there"
(cutaway C:02:30--02:38: CU of slipping pill in drink)
Rob Cassels- Bar Manager:
I've never seen it happen- I've been aware of it happening in a place that I was working on one particular occasion
(cutaway: working behind busy bar)
"By the time you realise it- the effects of it- half an hour later you're starting to feel naseous"
(cutaway C:01:24:37--25:23: girl being sick)
"Go out with people you know well- go out in a group- never think you can wander off by yourself and you'll be safe"
"We tend to go out in packs a lot !!"
"I know it's often hard- people are going out to score-get laid, get lucky, people get left behind- people leave and don't tell their friends"
(cutaway: van of drunken girls..)
If you think your friend is acting in a way that is out of character, that is not normal, but it appears that they are consenting to what is happening, stay with them- don't let them disappear with that stranger- don't let them go home alone."
"I think there's a more sinister culture out there now- more people are taking drugs- younger people are taking drugs-there are some nasty drugs out there, the education's not there- you can't tell if someone's had e or speed, or if they've had their drink spiked"
no woman should be raped, no man should be raped-- in both ways, whether they're drugs, whether they're alcoholicked or what you know
end-- call these numbers if you need help...
For more informatiom, go to:
Auckland Rape Crisis ph. (09) 366-7213.
for support: email: email@example.com
or phone Louise Carroll for urgent help on 021-105-1034
Wellington Independent Rape Crises Line:
04 473 5357