The will of the person affected is at the core of the protection afforded under criminal law. There is no requirement that victims actively tried to fight off the assault or defend themselves. Sexual acts on or against persons who are not able, or only able to a limited degree, to express a contrary will can also be punishable. The same is true if a person consented only because he or she was threatened. What is most important: Do not hesitate to get help if you are scared or feel insecure or if you have any questions. There are various possibilities of assistance available for victims, their relatives and professionals. Their assistance is provided barrier-free in German and 17 further languages. Further assistance can be found online under nina-info. The assistance by the helpline experts is provided anonymously and free of charge. The service hours of the helpline are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9 a.
Eight out of 10 sexual assaults are committed by someone who knows the victim.
There has been an increase in sexual assaults involving the use of drugs and alcohols as perpetrators find more severe and dangerous means to sedate victims. The common use of alcohol as a sedative is being combined with and even replaced by illicit use of drugs like Rohypnol ro-hip-nol , Gamma Hydroxybutyrate GHB , Ketamine and Ecstasy. More and more frequently these drugs are being used to sedate potential sexual assault victims. Among reported cases in which drugs have been used to facilitate rape, the perpetrator most commonly slips the drug into the victim's drink. Some of these drugs used to facilitate sexual assault can be produced in forms that lack color, odor, taste, and dissolve quickly. A victim can ingest it unknowingly.
Perpetrators of sexual assault may use drugs to decrease resistance to assault and to cause memory loss of the assault. The use of drugs is a clear indication that these sexual assaults are planned and premeditated. If you are drugged and experience sexual assault, it is the perpetrator of the assault who is to blame, even if you took the drug willingly. You cannot give consent to sexual activity if you are impaired by drugs or alcohol. Drugs may be processed by the body quickly so it can be difficult to detect them. To preserve evidence, early testing for the presence of drugs in your system is important. Depending on what drug was given, you may have little memory of the sexual assault and may only get bits and pieces of memory back. You will likely feel very confused and disoriented. The healing process may be made more difficult because of the lack of memory and because you may have a hard time acknowledging that what happened was a sexual assault.
In cases of drug-facilitated sexual assault, survivors often blame themselves. Remember—you are not to blame. You are the only one allowed to make choices for your body. Using drugs or alcohol is never an excuse for assault and does not mean that it was your fault. Drug-facilitated sexual assault occurs when alcohol or drugs are used to compromise an individual's ability to consent to sexual activity. Drugs and alcohol can cause diminished capacity, a legal term that varies in definition from state to state. I truly believed that I could go anywhere I wanted and no one would bother me. Though many survivors have experienced this, for many young people, especially on college campuses, drug-facilitated sexual assault can take a variety of forms. A perpetrator may intentionally drug someone, resulting in a situation in which it is easier to manipulate the circumstances and commit an assault.