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ACMD Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA) (2007)

Drug facilitated sexual assault (DFSA), including rapes in which drugs are mixed with alcohol, is a significant problem, the Advisory Council…

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ACMD Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA) report - 2007

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ACMD Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA) report - press release (2007)

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Drug facilitated sexual assault (DFSA), including rapes in which drugs are mixed with alcohol, is a significant problem, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) said today.

In a new report, ‘Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault’, the Council makes several recommendations to help tackle date rape. These include:

  • the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) should enhance evidence gathering so that the Forensic Science Service can test for date rape drugs

  • the Department of Health should ensure hospitals have early evidence kits to allow for similar tests

  • the Government should seek advice on whether the Sexual Offences Act should be strengthened

  • drug facilitated sexual assault should be part of the British Crime Survey and be recorded by police

  • schools and other educational establishments should alert people to take common sense measures, such as minding drinks, to avoid being a victim