On the street it is called a roofie, roachie, forget me now pill, and Mexican valium. The effects of this drug are similar to the sedative purpose of valium, but several times stronger. Rohypnol, or the date rape drug, has been used in hundreds of sexual assaults across the country. Victims tend to be young women at parties or clubs where drinking is going on. Fortunately, there are laws that protect people against such type of assault.
The date rape drug is a potent tranquilizer. It produces several different effects in the body, such as:
It is used by rapists to sedate their victim so that they cannot resist their sexual advances. Predators will often drop it into a victim’s drink without the victim noticing.
In the United States, Rohypnol is an illegal substance. After being enacted in 1996, the Drug Induced Rape Prevention and Punishment Act made it a crime to give a controlled substance to anyone, without their knowledge, and with the intent of committing a violent crime, such as rape. The illegal use of Rohypnol is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.
If you or someone you know believe you may have been the victim of a sexual assault or rape involving the date rape drug Rohypnol, speak with a lawyer immediately. You may have suffered various damages as a result of the assault and may be eligible for monetary compensation. This would serve in addition to criminal charges being prosecuted against your attacker.
For a free initial consultation and to receive more information about your legal rights, contact the Kenosha date rape drug lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 866.499.4700.