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  •  Here is what concerns me (2+ / 0-)
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    Brainwrap, hwy70scientist

    First of all GHB or Rohypnal doesn't stay in the system very long.

    It is difficult to estimate just how many flunitrazepam-facilitated rapes have occurred. Very often, biological samples are taken from the victim at a time when the effects of the drug have already passed and only residual amounts remain in the body fluids. These residual amounts are difficult, and sometimes impossible, to detect using standard screening assays used in most countries. If flunitrazepam exposure is to be detected at all, urine samples need to be collected within 72 hours and subjected to sensitive analytical tests. The problem is compounded by the onset of amnesia after ingestion of the drug, which causes the victim to be uncertain about the facts surrounding the rape. This uncertainty may lead to critical delays or even reluctance to report the rape and provide appropriate biological samples for testing. If a person suspects that he or she is the victim of a flunitrazepam-facilitated rape, he or she should get laboratory testing for flunitrazepam as soon as possible. In recent news, it has been discovered that scientists can now detect flunitrazepam and related compounds in urine at least up to 5 days after administration of a single dose of Rohypnol and up to a month in hair.[26]
    GHB can be created using such ingredients as floor stripper. It is by far more toxic, and easier to come by.  It is a neurotoxin and it can damage the liver in addition to what can happen to a person while unconscious.

    Sadly her story has elements common to military rape cases.  This is what makes her account seem so believable, because it follows the pattern.

    And the smear campaign about her being bipolar or having some other mental health issue, true or not is the oldest one in the book. "The Bitch Be Crazy!" defense.

    As far as feeling debilitated, and yet, having some success in life, like having children and getting a degree. Many Rape Survivors do all those things.

    You can have good days, and bad months after that. That's the problem with Rape Related PTSD. You can often function well enough to get some things done. But that doesn't mean you don't go home most days and crawl into a dark space and assume the fetal position to cry your eyes out, or throw a fit, or whatever habits you create to facilitate long term psychological detoxification after such a traumatic event.

    Sometimes survivors can achieve amazing success on the surface. But the truth only comes out later, from their children or spouses, after their death, or a divorce, or when they have to enter into rehab or some such.

    Women are amazingly strong like that.

    I appreciate the work that Mother Jones did on this case, maybe they are right, but I remain skeptical and in favor of Ms Jones at this time.

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