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December 28, 2018

 Community college. University. Wherever your higher education goals take you, this next step in your life has been highly anticipated for several years. You’ve dreamed about dorm rooms, worried about classes and meeting new people, and considered signing up for clubs and activities, and possibly contemplated joining a fraternity or sorority.

 The first few weeks of college can be extremely overwhelming. You may be getting used to a large campus, trying to get to class on time, or even deciding to go to class at all. You’ll taste that sweet release of freedom after being set free from the tight grasp of your parents. Living away from home means your curfew has disappeared, and you aren’t obligated to check in with anyone. You may think that where you go, who you see and what you do matters to no one.

 Unfortunately, for the world we live in, the reality is that that kind of freedom doesn’t exist. Going to college means a huge deal of responsibility. It’s not only that you’ll be paying thousands of dollars for a higher education that will hopefully lead to a successful career, but it’s the responsibility of protecting yourself and your friends from dangers while still trying to have a fun and memorable four years.

 In terms of your own physical safety, college students should remember certain rules of thumb like never walk alone at night, never leave a friend alone at a party, and always have at the ready a safe alternative to driving home like Uber, Lyft or other forms of public transportation.

 If you’re going out with a group of friends, make sure someone else knows where you’ll be – whether that’s a roommate, an RA, or even a text to another friend who may not be at your school. Consider carrying a personal safety device or personal safety alarm in your purse or backpack to alert friends or the authorities if you find yourself in trouble.

 While keeping yourself aware of your surroundings can help protect against crimes like burglaries or abductions, that same self-awareness can help protect you from a lesser discussed crime – that of rape, or sexual assault. Often glossed over with a casual mention in college orientation, sexual crimes are prevalent among college campuses across the globe.

 Specifically, we want to help you protect yourself from date rape. Date rape is a term used to describe a rape that occurs in persons who have had a potentially sexual relationship. This can also be interchanged with the term acquaintance rape, where the perpetrator may be someone you know but are not in a relationship with.


 The term date rape is also used to describe a sexual assault where the victim has been drugged. This term can be misleading as often drugs are used by a stranger to render a victim helpless. In this case, experts prefer the term “drug facilitated sexual assault”. These drugs can be used on both men and women, as they tend to make the victims become weak and confused, and even pass out.

 According to RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, eight out of ten rapes are committed by someone known to the victim. And, the Health Research Funding organization offers up several alarming statistics, including that 90% of college campus rapes occur through date rape incidents. Additionally, of all violent crimes, date rape is the least reported.

 It’s important to remember that date rape can happen anywhere. You can be out with friends at a bar, at a fraternity or sorority party, or even just hanging out in your own dorm room. Alcohol is the most used item to perpetrate a rape because it instantly lowers the victims’ inhibitions.

 The more alcohol consumed, the less aware of your surroundings you become. You may not notice that your drink has been moved ever so slightly when you return from the bathroom, or that you have more or less liquid in your glass of wine or bottle of beer. You may never see someone slip a date rape drug into your drink when you’re sitting right next to him or her. One turn of the head to talk to another friend can open up the opportunity for a perpetrator to drug you.


 According to a study published in the journal Psychology of Violence, 1 in 13 college students has been drugged, or suspects they were drugged.

 However, there are some easy ways to guard yourself against being slipped a drug. They include never setting down your drink and walking away, never asking someone else to hold your drink, and always keeping your drink in your view.

 If you have to use the restroom, take it with you. If you don’t want to do that, get a new drink when you’re done. When it comes to your drink, trust no one.

 If you’re at a party and there is a punch bowl, avoid it. In fact, stick to drinks that have to be opened, and you’re the one opening it. If your drink smells or tastes funny, abandon it right away.

 Additionally, try to be cognizant of behaviors in your friends. If you notice someone who appears more drunk than they should be, is becoming a little weak, slurring their speech, or stumbling around the room, call it a night and help them get home safely. A safe friend is a happy friend in the morning. Do not go home with strangers, and make sure your friends don’t either, including sending a friend home alone in an Uber.


 Even if you think you’ve done everything you can to protect yourself from date rape drugs, we now have a way to determine whether or not your drink has been exposed to the more common date rape drugs.

 Here at CHIEF, we advocate use of the Undercover Colors Date-Rape Drug Test Kit. The most advanced date rape drug test available, you can use this kit to test your drink to see if it’s been tampered with. The kit will detect common drugs such as Roofies, Xanax, Valium, Versed, Serax and more that have been slipped into beverages at effective concentration levels. It works on over 100 different beverages including non-alcoholic drinks.

 The test is easy to use – simply apply a drop of liquid with your finger to the sample port. Results can appear between 30 seconds and three minutes. Two lines means your drink is clear, one line means your drink has tested positive for at least one of the drugs on our list, and no lines means the test is invalid. If after adding more liquid to the test strip and receiving no lines as a result, it’s best to toss your drink.

 Protecting yourself has never been easier. This kit comes with three single-use tests, a key fob and an adhesive that can conveniently attach to your phone, your wallet, or a makeup compact. In fact, it’s small enough to easily fit into your pocket. Whether you’re out with friends, on a blind date, or at a party, this test will help ease your mind if you become worried that your drink has been tampered with.

 The SipChip™ is a must have for every single student on a college campus. At $19.99 for a three-pack, it’s affordable to gift one to all of your friends.

 While we must change our culture to help combat sexually violent acts against men and women, we can certainly arm ourselves with the necessary tools to help do our part in protecting our friends and ourselves.


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