This latest sexual assault case should send a warning to both teens and parents about (a) the dangers of alcohol abuse–if indeed the girls in this case had gotten drunk, (b) the reality that there are shady people who will drug you in order to have their way with you, and (c) the sorry state of public education.
At this point, authorities are testing the victims to determine if they had been drugged, or had imbibed with the alcohol, or some combination. None of this is to suggest that the girls “deserved to be raped” if they were drunk, but it does underscore the importance of mitigating your controllable risks.
While I am no fan of the 21-year minimum drinking age–if you are old enough to be drafted, old enough to pick up an automatic weapon, go to war, and die for your country, you oughtta be old enough to knock down a brewsky without faking an ID–it is also important to understand that liberty means responsibility. The more alcohol you have in your system, the less control you have over what you do, or what others do to you.
Ergo, minimizing your alcohol intake also minimizes your risk of being a victim.
As for “date rape” drugs, that is even thornier, as the assailants may very well be your own “friends”, or people you know from work or school. For some, it’s a stupid prank; for others, GHB is the gateway to their helping themselves to your body. It’s not hard for someone to slip such a drug into your drink when you are not looking.
If you’re in a public place like a bar or pub or even a restaurant–and there are people in your group who are not close friends–it’s probably a very good idea to have one or two friends who will watch your back, as you watch theirs.
The world is cruel, and there are very few people whom you can trust.
Speaking of people you can’t trust, public schools are at the bottom of the list as far as I am concerned. Teaching in a public school is more crowd control than teaching, as the good teachers have their hands tied by a system that refuses to punish bad behavior, and does almost nothing to purge inept teachers from the system, and which rewards administrators who encroach on parental rights.
When teachers are rewarded for helping “diagnose” ADHD, providing contraception to students without parental consent, and even providing abortion counseling and abortion services without parental consent, then you have an “education system” that is little better than the communist “education camps” of the old Soviet Union and Cuba.
I will drink to the demise of the wretched excuse of a “public education” system.