- Summer Daze - drink, drugs and rape - WHU Jan 07
- You are what you drink - women, identity and alcohol - WHU July 2006
- NZ Govt Health Strategies - Alcohol and Drugs
January 2007 Women's Health Update
Unfortunately sexual assault is a spectre that is always present in the lives of women. Sexual assaults tend to increase in the summer months. This is because summer lifestyles often mean women are out of safe places. Windows and doors are open and defences are down as we enjoy the freedom of summer days and nights. Unsurprisingly few of us think about what to do or what happens after a sexual assault. None-the-less few would deny that good sexual assault services and responses are vital.
In the beginning of December there was a series of drug rapes in Taranaki. Rape Crisis reported that the individuals involved were very confused about what had happened to them. Drug rape often poses additional problems as the victim is frequently confused and usually is unable to remember the incident clearly. Drug rape takes away your ability to consent to sex. The drugs given to you without you knowing clear the way for sex which you are powerless to stop, and which you are usually not aware of at the time it happens. The publicity around the initially reported cases may have
helped others to recognise that this explained things for them as well and come forward. Initially reportswere from up to eight women in the Taranaki region but Hawera Rape Crisis has now reported being contacted by 23 further victims discussing both current and historical drug rape cases. Read More (pdf)
July 2006 Women's Health Update
Enter almost any liquor store and you are greeted with a wall of bright and shiny bottles, beckoning like candy. These RTDs (ready to drinks) or alcopops are the sweet sisters of their hard spirit brothers. These diminutive bottles are brightly decorated and ready to take on the road. The sheer range of alternatives temps you to try them all.
They are aimed at younger women and seem to be working. Younger women's alcohol consumption is increasing stedily. Recent statistics indicate an overall rise in binge drinking in women across all age groups but this is particularly apparent in younger women. A 2004 study of changing drinking behaviour in Auckland found that 'from 1995 to 2003, binge, "risky" and "problematic" drinking had significantly increased in 16- 24 year females but not males'...Read More (pdf)
NZ Govt Health Strategies - Alcohol and Drugs