Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA)
Sexual assault is any sexual act (e.g. kissing; grabbing; fondling; oral, anal or vaginal sex) done to someone without their consent. Drug facilitated sexual assault (DFSA) is any sexual assault where alcohol and/or drugs affect the victim's ability to give informed consent. DFSA may include intentional drink spiking or knowingly consuming drugs and/or alcohol.
The following resources were designed to help prevent and raise awareness about DFSA:
The infographic above illustrates the context of intentional drugging and sexual assault in Ontario. The information is from a province-wide study of sexual assault victims who came to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centres between 2006 and 2007. The infographic is meant to be used to assist ongoing sexual assault education in contexts such as: classroom programming, peer-leader training and public health programming.
This pamphlet defines DFSA, presents signs and symptoms that DFSA victims may exhibit, and outlines an appropriate course of action for supporting a DFSA victim. This pamphlet was designed for people who may be the first point of contact for a DFSA victim, such as: nurses, emergency room workers, police officers.
These two pamphlets define DFSA and provide information on how to deal with DFSA. "Staying Safe" focuses more on prevention, while "Was I Drugged?" is more focused on dealing with a DFSA. Both of these materials were designed to be used with the population most at risk for DFSA: young adults aged 16-24.
This poster is targeted to encourage bystanders to stand up against sexual assault. The poster provides low-risk and higher-risk opportunities for intervention, particularly around drug facilitated sexual assault. The poster is designed to engage the demographic most at risk of sexual assault: young adults aged 16-24.
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