Date rape drugs: breaking the silence to raise awareness

Drogue du viol: briser le silence pour sensibiliser les gens

THREE-RIVERS | Do not hesitate to denounce it quickly: it is the cry of the heart as a victim of the date rape drug has been keen to launch in Trois-Rivières.

Nattaly Gaston breaks the silence to make people aware not to lower the guard, and, regardless of the age and the place. His daily life has switched in the night from 14 to 15 September 2019.

She had just moved into his new apartment. A neighbor of the building was presented, was invited to her home and they start a discussion. In a few hours, the friendly meeting became his worst nightmare.

“All of a sudden it became blurry and completely black, has testified Nattaly Gaston. I woke up the next morning and he was on me. I have to be forced to leave, he threatened me and I was finally able to put it to the door. And then another “black out”! Several hours later, I had lost the notion of time. I was confused and I was hurting. I have been sexually assaulted me.”

The physical marks are there, like a red-hot iron on his skin. On September 17, she went to the hospital of Trois-Rivières. Quickly she is taken care of. It receives the support of a caseworker and pass a series of tests for the kit forensic. However, it feels irresponsible that it happened in her home, while she is 53 years of age.

“Even today I am in my bed and I hear the doorbell of my door and I’m scared. I don’t want to disconnect it, since I’m working on it. I have followed psychological regularly. I was taken care of. I moved out, but still today I say that I’m fine, but it is a mask. The damage is still there.”

Nattaly Gaston is of the opinion that “it is necessary that the people speak whenever they have a doubt to have had something in their glass. It is necessary to go quickly to the hospital.”

GHB is no longer detectable in the blood after 8 hours and after 12 hours in the urine. The health authorities and police remind us that it is important to quickly check to have support, but also for the kit forensic, which must be made five days following the assault. This kit allows sampling and becomes a scientific evidence objectively.

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