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