If you suspect a drink has been spiked
- MAKE sure (if possible) you keep the drink
(including the bottle/ glass/ cup etc..)
- MAKE sure you report the incident to Police
- MAKE sure the victim is taken to hospital
- MAKE sure if a sexual assault has occurred/
possibly occurred from a drink-spiking, immediately
notify your nearest Sexual Assault Centre/Police.
Names of Some Common Drugs
Used in Drinkspiking
- GHB (Fantasy)
What are some of the Effects
The effects of drinkspiking can de different for
everyone- depending on each persons-
size, sex, age, type of drug/ drink given.
Some Common effects can be:
Poor coordination skills
Nausea, vomiting/ Dizziness
Slurring of speech
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Safety Tips for Women (and men)
Top of our safety tips list
is to always use your common sense and TRUST YOUR INSTINCT, it's there
for a reason. If a situation is uncomfortable then
get out of there as quickly as possible.
Here you will find some general safety and self defence information
to better arm yourself in the event of an attack.
A high percentage of women who FIGHT back get away.....
DON'T THINK IT CAN NEVER HAPPEN TO YOU
- Be aware that it's something that can happen to you.
- Whenever you can, go out with people you "trust". Try not to go out alone
- Designate a trusted person to stay sober
- Don't accept drinks from strangers. Only people you "trust"/or get your own
- Watch bar staff while they make drinks/ Sealed beverages are even better
- NEVER leave drinks unattended. WATCH your drinks at all times
- Watch out for friends
- Be suspicious if someone buys you a drink and it's not what you asked for
- If your out drinking and start feeling strange (dizzy, light-headed) or unwell for no apparent
reason, or more affected than you think you
should be, seek medical attention immediately/ drink plenty of water. Just
get to a safe place, preferably with safe people
- Be aware that by going back to someone's house you are putting
yourself in a vulnerable position
- Be aware of drink spike detector cards, buy them whenever you can afford to.
Drink-Spiking Facts- Australian Drug Foundation
- Drink spiking is when alcohol or another substance is added to a person's drink without them knowing.
- It is a criminal offence under the Victorian Crimes Act.
- Drink spiking is commonly associated with other crimes, including drug-faciliated sexual assault.
- Victims are mainly young women, aged 18 to 30. In many cases, the offender is known to them.
- Alcohol is most commonly used in drink spiking (with extra shots added to drinks).
- Other drugs such as Rohypnol, GHB (Gama Hydroxybuyrate), Ecstasy, Midazolam and Temazapam are also being used.
- The effects of these drugs include drowsiness, vomiting, unconsciousness, memory impairment, loss of
motor skills and muscle relaxation.
- Many cases of drink spiking go unreported because of memory loss or feelings of embarrassment/ shame.
Self Defence Information
"Should you find yourself in a struggle
for survival, your goal is not to maim your
attacker, not to kill, not even to 'win' the fight...
your goal is to make it home alive.
Everything else is secondary. "Fair fights are for professional prizefighters and people killed in the streets.
Otherwise, do what it takes to make if home safe."
Awareness is half the battle
Many attackers will look for vulnerable women especially in vulnerable places-
For example, easier targets to overpower would be women talking on mobiles/ looking through
handbags/ wearing headphones while jogging etc..
Many abductions occur in shopping centre and work car parks/ underground carparks.
Hitch-hiking is also not recommended..
Fact: A high percentage of rape victims knew their attacker.
Rules of Engagement
Break fingers, gouge eyes, slap ears, chop throats, kick groins and knees, stomp the tops of his
feet, scratch, bite, spit and scream.
You must completely overwhelm your attacker both
physically and mentally to be successful in surviving. In a fight for life and death- nothing- is off limits.
Pull hair, throw objects, bash, slash, and stab with objects.
Do not give up or give in to fear...turn your body's fear into rage and use- Controlled Violence- to stop your attacker.
- If you feel attack is imminent and
you have no escape route, it is
acceptable morally and legally to strike pre-emptively. Observation of
the predator’s body language, his verbal taunts, and consistent imposing
on your personal space all are factors to consider. Often the one who strikes
first holds the upper hand in conflict.
- Be aware that an attacker can
cross 7 yards, (21 feet), in about 1.5 seconds.
This means among other things, that your personal safety area can be compromised
in about the time it takes your brain to effectively realize what is happening.
- If you are faced with overwhelming odds,
such as weapons or sheer numbers of attackers, lethal force is justified. Although your premise
for defence should not be based on killing but rather incapacitating in the most effective manner
necessary in order to preserve your life. If death or dismemberment of the assailant is a result of
your actions, then it is just that...a consequence of HIS actions, not yours.
- However if you can be reasonably sure the
attacker poses no immediate threat to your life, lethal force may put you in the defence chair in
court. Examples would be a significantly smaller and less powerful individual or otherwise impaired
individual. These are the cases where less than lethal tactics may be required.
- Even if you properly defend yourself or a
third party from attack you still may be required to defend yourself again in court. It is a good
idea to learn the self defence laws in your area.
- The best self defence is avoidance.
Don’t be there. However this is not always possible. Keep in mind, in court you will be asked
to prove you did EVERYTHING to avoid the confrontation in the first place.
- Usually striking immediately gives
the best chance of survival. However you may have to feign compliance until an
Element Of Self Preservation
Always be aware of your surroundings, and WHO is in them.
TRUST YOUR GUT FEELINGS.
If you must defend yourself, do so aggressively. There are NO RULES in
a fight for survival. Only prizefighters and people killed in the street try
and fight with rules.
FIGHT DIRTY. NOTHING, NOTHING, NOTHING...IS OFF LIMITS.
Targets: Pick the easiest and the weakest. THE EYES. THE GROIN.
ANYWHERE ON THE NECK but especially THE THROAT.
Strike hard, fast, and strike through the target. Then do it again and again and again.
Do not stop striking until the attacker runs away, you can get away safely, or
the authorities arrive.
ANYTIME an attacker puts his hands on you in any way, he is exposing
SOMETHING. Learn to look for what is exposed and attack it.
Then find the next opening and attack it. REPEAT until you can get home safely.
Your goal is not to injure, maim, or kill...IT IS TO MAKE IT HOME ALIVE.
That is all that matters.
Always... have a back up plan. If you carry a gun, carry a back up or
another weapon...i.e. anything can break, and usually does when you
need it most. (Murphey's Law)...If one tactic, tool, or target choice doesn't
work try another and so on until you get to leave alive.
EVERYTHING IS A WEAPON . There are 3 types of weapons. Impact, cutting,
and weapons of distraction. If you can't hurt them with it, throw it in their face and
use the micro second of distraction to attack.
Use you hands, elbows, knees, feet...headbutt, bite, spit, and scream.
If you want grace, do ballet. If you want to look pretty, join a pageant.
If you want to survive a violent assault, do whatever it takes.
Keep it simple and vicious ...Complicated, fancy, and honorable are for fight
tournaments and Karate movies.
Fight strength to weakness not strength to strength. If you are a lady,
don't try and fist fight with a man, odds are that will be your strength vs
his strength and most of the time men are just stronger...that's not sexist,
just a physical fact. Strength to weakness is your fingers in his eyes. Your fist
in his throat. Your foot in his groin or kneecap. Strength to weakness.
Never ever rely on PAIN to stop a violent attacker. Some people do not
respond to pain for various reasons. You must incapacitate...i.e. take
away his ability to continue the assault. Example would be...tearing out
his eyeball or shattering his kneecap. If he can't see, walk, or breathe
he can't keep coming after you.
NEVER go to a secondary location with an individual you
suspect will cause you harm. Predators remove would be victims
in order to separate them “from the herd”. No witnesses, and no
one to stop them during their assault. Even if he has a gun trained
on you...DO NOT go. Fight if no other option. People who go to
secondary locations are at the greatest risk of being killed.
NEVER go walking or jogging wearing loud headsets. Not only
should you be able to see your surroundings...you need to be able
to hear them as well.
NEVER forget you have the option of saying...”NO”. If you are not comfortable
allowing someone in your home or car, or even to be around you...YOU CAN SAY NO.
NEVER let the thought of a rapist dictate to you what you can wear.
Provocative clothing may “excite” a man, but it will never make a decent
man rape you. Rape is more about power than sex.
The Mind-Your Primary Defensive Tool
One of the Key Elements in security and self defence is a good mindset.
It is also in the mind where the battle is usually won and lost...the body is
just the stage on which this battle is played out. You must have the proper
mindset to SURVIVE. Don't let fear control you. Trust your intuition. Fight strategically.
It is in your mind where the battle for survival is won or lost. You must have the survival
mindset...the attitude that you will survive the attack. You must turn fear into determination
to stay alive. 90% of Self Defence is in the mind...10% is physical. Wars are won and lost
in the battlefield of the mind.
You must decide that you will not be a victim...that you will do any and
everything you can to make it home alive. You must understand that in a violent
assault you will get hurt...then you must get over it! Wounds
will heal...death will not.
You must constantly be alert and aware of your surroundings to
avoid being in a bad situation in the first place. However sometimes
even the most alert person may find themselves in a bad predicament.
You must then maintain your focus...to survive. Trust your "gut feelings"...trust
your intuition...these are not supernatural or psychic responses...they are subprograms
your brain constantly runs concerning the normal and not so normal behavior of others.
If someone gives you the "creeps" there is a reason for it...just because you
cannot "put your finger on it"...does not mean there is not a problem. Your
subconcious has picked up on something that is abnormal...HEED
your intuitive warnings.
A weapon without the brain is just a paperweight...any tactic without the proper
mindset will fall to either luck or disaster...and neither of these can be counted on
to keep you alive.
Self Defence Information provided by
"First Line Personal Security"