Telegraph – Date-rape drink spiking ‘an urban legend’<br/> Widespread spiking of drinks with date-rape drugs such as Rohypnol and GHB is an “urban legend” fuelled by young women unwilling to accept they have simply consumed too much alcohol, academics believe.

Young women’s fears about date-rape drugs are so ingrained that students mistakenly think it is a more important factor in sexual assault than being drunk, taking drugs or walking alone at night. …

Among young people, drink spiking stories have attractive features that could “help explain” their disproportionate loss of control after drinking alcohol, the study found.

Dr Burgess said: “Our findings suggest guarding against drink spiking has also become a way for women to negotiate how to watch out for each other in an environment where they might well lose control from alcohol consumption.”…

“During thousands of blood and alcohol tests lots of judgement-impairing compounds were discovered, but they were mostly street drugs or prescription pharmaceuticals taken by the victims themselves, and above all alcohol was the common theme.

“As Dr Burgess observes, it is not scientific evidence which keeps the drug rape myth alive but the fact that it serves so many useful functions.”

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Telegraph – Cervical cancer jab would ‘make girls more promiscuous’<br/> One in seven girls has admitted that having the cervical cancer vaccination could make them more promiscuous because they would feel more “protected”, research has found.

Almost one in five girls (19 per cent) also think a boyfriend may expect them to take sexual risks because they have had the jab.

One in four girls having the cervical cancer jab would not tell a boyfriend they had been vaccinated while one in five think the vaccine is embarrassing because it is for a sexually-transmitted infection.

However, 79 per cent of girls said having the vaccination reminds them of the possible risks of sexual contact and 93 per cent think it shows they are serious about their own health.