Earlier in the week, we saw the conviction of serial rapist Reynhard Sinaga for a string of sex offences against 48 men, it is believed there were many more attacks. He drugged and filmed his victims during the assaults at his Manchester city-centre flat. His date rape drug of choice: GHB, how more than ever, men as well as women need to know the truth about this psychoactive substance.
GHB comes in several forms: a liquid, a powder, a pill or less commonly as a capsule. It is odourless, colourless and when added to a drink may only present a slightly salty taste. GHB is sometimes taken consensually, but equally a rapists drug of choice.
There are many effects caused by taking GHB:
Lowering of inhibitions
Difficulty concentrating or speaking
Loss of balance
Confusion and disorientation
Sinaga left many of his victims in an almost comma-like state, the drug can result in death. Although traces of most date rape drugs are often present for up to 72 hours, GHB will have left the system within 12.
Ways to ensure you stay safe on a night out:
Be aware there can be predators present at any time.
GHB testing strips can be purchased
Stick with friends
Watch drinks at all times
Cover your drink with a hand
Don’t accept drinks from strangers
Take drinks with you into toilets
Consider bottled beverages as opposed to a draft choice
Ask the staff for help if you feel dizzy or strange
Plan how you are going to get home in advance
Talk to staff if you have lost friend, money or mobile phone.
Take taxi’s from designated safe areas if present
What to do if you suspect you have been a victim of date rape
Seek medical attention straight away, avoid showering or changing clothes.
Greater Manchester Police said anyone who believes they might have been attacked by Sinaga can report information online or call its police line on 0800 092 0410 from inside the UK or 0207 158 0124 from abroad.
In a sex attack to predator is to blame, it is not the fault of the victim.
The majority of Sinaga’ victims were heterosexual men, he sort greater pleasure through preying on this group.