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{October 28, 2009}   Date-Rape Urban Myth??

I read this report calling the spiking of drinks with date-rape drugs an “urban myth.” What about my daughter? http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/1999/08/31/MN87018.DTL What about the statistics?   http://sify.com/news/spiking-of-drinks-with-date-rape-drugs-an-urban-myth-news-scitech-jk1r4ceddda.html#postcomments. This reports sounds like a typical report written by men who are prejudiced and biased toward women and the veracity or their reports. It also denies a very important fact, which is women are vicitmized by rape every day somewhere in this country, and all over the world it is an every day occurrence. There are claims that many rape studies are skewed however studies indicate that the number of woman rape victims in America alone is significant. http://www.canadiancrc.com/Newspaper_Articles/IWF_One_In_Four_Rape_Stat_27APR06.aspx. One site indicates that 5% of women in the US are raped before the age of 25. http://almostdiamonds.blogspot.com/2009/06/us-rape-statistics.html . I am trying to raise awareness and hopefully create a Foundation (The Skylar Date-Rape Awareness Foundation) to assist women who have been victimized or dehumanized. It is my dream to accomplish this in my daughters memeory. I haven’t figured out all the steps but I know I am on the right path. To all you woman who have been vicitmized by rape please share your story and help us build awarenss.

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{October 22, 2009}   Introduction

Hello everyone, my name is Cathleen Boyle and I am the mother of Skylar L. (Boyle-)Ringland, who was killed after unknowingly ingesting GHB-date rape drug at a private party at a musci studio in 1999. My daughter did not survive the fatal dose that was put into her drink that night. It has taken me ten years to pull myself back into life. During that time I wrote a memoir about what happened to my daughter that I am now trying to rewrite as a fiction. I consider myself a survivor of the devastation of date-rape and I know that there are other young women out there who have survived date-rape, as well as mothers and dads and family members out there who I would also love to talk to and share your experiences. I think that if we all join together we can help raise awareness about date-rape and date-rape drugs. I am going to get a digital file made of one of my daughter’s photos so I can upload it to this site, which I am dedicating to her. Look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, check out this link about the movie “Observe & Report,” which has a date-rape scene. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/10/observe-and-report-dathate-r_n_185827.html I haven’t seen the movie and don’t know that I want to. I do not think this is raising awareness as much as capitalizing on it.



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