College Student Invents Date Rape Drug Detector In The Form Of A Napkin

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College Student Invents Date Rape Drug Detector In The Form Of A Napkin

Danya Sherman is just a junior at George Washington University, but she’s already invented a date rape drug detector. It’s called the KnoNap, and it looks like a regular napkin, except the edges are lined with chemicals that can detect dozens of substances commonly used as date rape drugs.

Just a drop from the drink on the napkin will change its color if drugs are present.

According to Fox 5, when Sherman was studying in Spain in 2016, she says that a guy, whom she considered to be a friend, put drugs in drink and assaulted her sexually:

Sherman:

“I wanted to create something that I wish I could have used, and that I know that I could be able to help others that I had gone through.”

“One day I pray he sees it and knows that he inspired it and that he couldn’t break me.”

An estimated 1 in 13 students in the U.S. say they have been drugged at some point – not surprisingly, 4 out of 5 of those victims are women.

Sherman plans to start selling the KnoNap product in the fall of next year. The napkins will come in inconspicuous packaging for bars or parties.

Sherman:

“It’s become more than just a passion, and a purpose in life for me, it’s become a mission.”

Sherman explained her idea to use a napkin:

“Napkins are always around alcohol. They are always in bars and clubs, and we’re working to have them integrated into fraternities, social events, and social organizations.”

She noted that 70% of sexual assaults occur between people who know each other, and therefore, she wanted to develop a product that could be “seamlessly incorporated into any social setting.”

What Are Date Rape Drugs?

Date rape drugs are substances used to help a perpetrator enact a sexual assault, defined as any type of sexual activity to which a person does not or cannot agree. They are drugs that can affect a person quickly and cause him or her to become weak, confused, or unconscious.

Victims frequently do not remember that they were drugged, or worse, remain conscious but paralyzed as the assault is taking place.

Many drugs can be used to assist in a sexual assault, but the most common are Rohypnol (roofies), gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), and ketamine (Special K.) These drugs may come in the form of pills, liquids, or powders.

~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology

References

http://www.fox5dc.com/news/local-news/the-knonap-george-washington-university-creates-napkin-that-can-detect-date-rape-drugs-in-drinks

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