The Involvement of Drugs and Alcohol in Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault

  title={The Involvement of Drugs and Alcohol in Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault},
  author={Caryl Beynon and Clare McVeigh and Jim McVeigh and Conan Leavey and Mark A. Bellis},
  journal={Trauma, Violence, \& Abuse},
  pages={178 - 188}
The rate of drug-facilitated sexual assault (DFSA; when an incapacitating drug is administered surreptitiously to facilitate sexual assault) is perceived to be increasing in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, causing international concern. This article examines evidence that quantifies the contribution of drugs in instances of alleged DFSA, identifies the substances involved, and discusses the implications of these findings. Of 389 studies examined, 11 were included in this review. The only… 
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Prevalence of drugs used in cases of alleged sexual assault.
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Forensic urinalysis of drug use in cases of alleged sexual assault.
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Drug-facilitated sexual assault
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