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 CBC.ca 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.