Women's Awareness Blog











{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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http://media.www.thecurrentonline.com/media/storage/paper304/news/2006/09/25/Features/Awareness.Is.Key.In.Date.Rape.Prevention-2306735.shtml I read this story and kept imagining my daughter in the scenario. Young innocent woman all dressed up for a party, but there are predators and they are watching you and they have different ideas about your night. It's your drink; you never know what has been put into an open container. After all, date-rape drugs are odorless, tasteless, and colorless, which is a part of deception. Rule number one never drink anything brought to you in an open container unless it is a family member. Rule number 2 never drink a open container drink that you walk away from and left on a table or at a bar. Here is another recent report of the use of date-rape drugs to drug young women: http://www.alligator.org/news/local/article_06038a97-ba8f-5eae-9659-31489df3fa35.html



Hello, I found this site, which provides information about date-rape drugs and tips on how to protect yourself. http://us.reachout.com/info_and_real_stories/all_factsheets/date-rape-drugs.html. My daughter was drugged with Ghb and was dead in approximately six hours. The community (San Francisco) was outraged at first but the investigation was a mockery of justice. WebMD also provides information about Ghb and Rohypnol. http://women.webmd.com/date-rape-drugs. What should you do if you think you have been a victim of date-rape drugging? Report it to the local police immediately; date-rape is an assault.



I watched this broadcast today, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31388323/vp/33508630#33494428 regarding the new study by Kent Univeristy that I was talking about yesterday,"Urban Myth," which claims that date-rape isn't happening as often as women claim. The president of National Organization for Woman, Terry O'Neill, commenting on the study, said the study is remarkable in what it doesn't talk about i.e., rape is happening. "90% of sexual assault on campuses involve alcohol…if a woman has been drugged and is raped or drunk and is raped, it is still rape!" Thank you Terry O'Neill. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31388323/vp/33508630#33494428 The study seems to focus on women over drinking and contributing to date-rape. Rape is rape!



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