Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA) Information
What is Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault?
Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA) or attempted assault occurs when substances are used to decrease an individual’s ability to consent to sexual activity, sometimes without the person’s knowledge. Although many substances can be used in DFSA, the most common is alcohol. Alcohol may be used alone or in combination with other substances.
What Are the Possible Signs of a DFSA?
There are many substances that can be used in a DFSA. Below are possible symptoms one may experience. It’s important to remember this list is not all encompassing, as individuals react to substances differently. If you have concerns that you or a friend may be in immediate danger or need immediate medical support please call UMPD: 301-405-3333 (on/near campus) or 911 (off campus).
Feeling drunk when consuming little to no alcohol
Loss of bowel or bladder control
Sudden body temperature changes signaled by sweating or teeth chattering
Sudden increase in dizziness, disorientation and blurred vision
Waking up with no memory or missing large portions of memory
Many substances used in DFSA may leave the body within 24 hours on average depending on the substance, therefore it’s important to be tested as soon as possible. If you would like to be tested there are resources to help. If you don’t believe you were a victim of sexual assault, or attempted assault, but believe you were still given a substance without your knowledge, you can still be tested:
CARE to Stop Violence- CARE is a confidential resource for survivors of power-based violence on UMD’s campus (Health Center) and can arrange free testing at the Health Center. You can also make an appointment to speak with an advocate.
CARE can be reached on the 24/7 (Fall and Spring) crisis line at: 301-741-3442 or email email@example.com. When reaching out, alert CARE you believe you may have been drugged and would like to get testing through the Health Center. (CARE does not provide walk-in services).
The Health Center is only able to provide testing for GHB and Rohypnol. Please note, the Health Center does not provide testing after hours, University holidays or weekends. CARE can cover the cost of the testing. Patients who seek this type of testing outside of CARE are responsible for costs. Some insurance plans may cover the cost of this service. Contact your insurance provider for details about coverage.