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As a young 20-something who enjoys a night out on George Street, I am appalled at the number of instances of drugs being slipped into drinks at bars downtown. What is even more appalling, though, is the number of people who place the blame on the men and women who are being drugged.  

I read the article on about Sara Tilley and her recent horrifying experience at Distortion, and some of the comments on the article were atrocious.

Some were scolding her for going to the media when there was no proof that she was drugged since there was no blood test (because she wasn’t in any shape to have one at the time).  

Some suggested she probably came down with the stomach flu that’s been going around and wasn’t actually drugged.

One person even insinuated that she drank so much and perhaps made a fool of herself, so she claimed that she was drugged to avoid any embarrassment.

Date rape drugs are a serious problem that has been around for too long and is getting worse as each week passes.

If society doesn’t take it seriously, and people continue to believe that the problem lies with the victims, how can we expect it to get better?

To come up with a solution, we have to come together as a community and look out for one another.

Blaming the victim surely isn’t going to help anything.

Sarah Furlong

St. John’s

Geographic location: George Street

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  • Anon
    January 28, 2013 - 09:02

    no one's blaming the victim. They're accusing her of lying. Big difference. yiff somewhere else.

    • RJ
      January 31, 2013 - 01:23

      No matter the urself & ur drink.The increasing rate of these stories in our little city is sad :(

  • crista
    January 27, 2013 - 13:10

    NOT BEING SARCASTIC. innocent until proven guilty????

  • Christopher Chafe
    January 26, 2013 - 22:23

    Two things: 1. Never EVER lay your drinks down. 2. GET A BLOOD TEST no matter how drunk!!

  • Duffy
    January 26, 2013 - 10:57

    Who knows what happened but it is natural to wonder if someone is seeking their 15 minutes of fame when there are not conclusive results to show any drug adversion. People do not doubt her claim but to be inquisitive is good. What if we took everything people say and the media prints as 100% acurate - we would be in trouble. PS: No one is too sick to have a blood test at the hospital. That is the way they determine appropriate treatment for very sick people. I would also suggest that George Street is not a place to expect anything other than alcohol, drugs, fights and roudy behavior.

  • Herb Morrison
    January 26, 2013 - 09:52

    Well said Ms. Furlong. The "blame the victim mentality/attitude is nothing new. In years gone by the same mentality was prevalent in cases when women were victims or rape were said to have invited the rape because, for exaample, they dressed in a so-called provocative manner. It is much easier for us, as a society to blame the victim than to acknowlege that we, as a society have an obligation to do whatever we can to insure that people are protected from being victimized by predators of any description.