Sexual Assault is a criminal offence that can range from a touched buttock or breast to forced intercourse.
Sexual Assault investigations can include child victims, historical cases, same sex assaults, domestic incidents, date rape, known offender and stranger incidents.
The Halton Regional Police Service works with community partners to prevent and respond to sexual assault issues. These partners include Nina’s Place (Sexual Assault / Domestic Violence Care Centre), SAVIS, and other victim services organizations.
Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault
Any intoxicating substance can be used to facilitate sexual assault, including:
- Prescription drugs (i.e. opiates, ketamine, benzodiazepines such as ativan or valium, anti-depressants)
- Controlled substances (i.e. heroin, ecstasy)
In fact, the most frequently encountered substance used in "date rape" is alcohol.
If you suspect that you have been drugged, immediately seek medical attention and consider police involvement.
Below are descriptions of two popular types of drugs associated with date rape:
GHB (Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate)
- Illegal drug made with no controls or accurate measures
- Central nervous system depressant
- Usually found in liquid form:
- Clear, odourless and tasteless when mixed with other drinks
- More viscous (like syrup) than water
- Can leave a slightly salty aftertaste depending on manufacturing process
- Typically stored in water bottles
- Effects are felt within approximately 15 minutes of ingestion
- Symptoms include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of consciousness
- Ingestion carries high-risk of toxic effects due to a lack of consumption control
- Brand name of Flunitrazepam
- Manufactured in Mexico. Illegal in Canada and the U.S.
- Sedative stronger than Valium
- Manufactured in tablet form similar to Asprin, with "Roache" embossed on one side and a circled number 1 or 2 on the other
- Colourless, odourless, and tasteless when mixed with other drinks
- Effects usually felt within 20 minutes of ingestion and may last 8-10 hours
- Symptoms include:
- Impaired judgment
- Difficulty speaking and/or moving
Frequently Asked Questions
What is sexual assault?
What should I do if I or someone I know has been sexually assaulted?
How does the Halton Regional Police Service investigate sexual assaults?
Can I choose a male or female officer?
What is a sexual assault clinic?
Will I have to go to court?
What about victim safety?
Safety At Home
- Install good locks on doors, garages and windows. Use them.
- Ensure a well lit exterior (i.e. motion sensors).
- Keep bushes and hedges trimmed.
- Have a working flashlight readily available, if needed.
- Don’t hide keys in obvious places (i.e. under a door mat).
- Don’t let strangers or anyone that you are uncomfortable with into your home.
- If a worker or official attends your residence, get identification and confirm with their organization prior to allowing them into your home.
- Never enter a house if it appears to have been broken into. Call 9-1-1.
- Use the buddy system. Always let someone know where you are and when you are expected to return.
- Don’t develop patterns. Plan your route and stay away from poorly lit areas.
- Don’t wrap purses or straps around your neck.
- Don’t carry large sums of money or important documents that are hard to replace on your person.
- If you suspect that you are being followed, go to the nearest well lit house or business and call 9-1-1. Don’t be ashamed to put safety first.
Safety At Work
- Avoid isolated or deserted areas.
- Have your keys and cell phone easily accessible at all times.
- Don’t let strangers or unauthorized persons into secure buildings.
- When working after hours always lock doors and windows.
- If you have security officers, let them know that you are working late and request that they check up on you.
- Let security officers know when you are leaving work and request that they escort you to your car.
Safety at Social Events, Bars and Clubs
- Do not accept open drinks at parties. It is recommended that you make your own drinks or obtain them in sealed bottles.
- Never leave your drink unattended. Leave it with someone that you can trust.
When in doubt – throw it out.
- Never leave a bar or club with someone that you don’t know, especially if you have been drinking.
- Seek medical attention immediately if you suspect that have ingested a drug.
- Don’t mix drugs and alcohol.
For more information about the Halton Regional Police Service CASA Unit, contact:
Detective Sergeant John Mans
905-825-4747 ext. 8970