for Soacor, the Woman
SILENCEd first by the drug or like-drug of Rohypnol (a small pill);
then SILENCEd by the Police’s application for a WIC 5150 Welfare hold,
(this down grades crime - keeps statistics looking good for that city)
deeming the victim as a ‘crazy’ SILENCEd by a paramedic who did a
"hand-drop" test. (A test typically used with alcohol intoxication to
judge if the individual is faking or not.) Ignoring the fact that the
seizures she was having were textbook adverse side effects of the drug Narcan
which had been administered only two minutes before onset.
SILENCEd again by an Emergency Room Specialist who did not gather
SILENCEd by the rape counselor who was more concerned with her
appointment book than the hysterical victim sitting in front of her.
UNHEARD by the Psychiatrist who attempted to conduct his counseling
session in the hallway and a prescribe Prozak; SILENCEd by attorneys
and women’s groups alike whose belief is that if 'there’s no memory,
there is no damage'; and SILENCEd by the Committee for Victims of
Crimes when they denied benefits due to the WIC5150 and no evidence.
Due to the current structure, there are no funds to pay for the medical
treatment nor corrective surgery.
It was under involuntary silence sue to post traumatic stress that on
the first anniversary of the assault, she became "SOAR/R" (Silent One
Against Roofies/Rape mutilation) and handed out brochures, letters,
drink covers and cards -- it was her way of telling others why she was
silent. She remained silent for the 15 days it had taken her to regain
her physical stamina that year of the assault.
She found compassion, support, understanding from strangers. She found
that few knew about roofies. Those that had heard about them had not
thought them to be used in drink-spike assaults. In 1998 others joined
her in silence -- the group followed in her footsteps and many remained
silent for one hour a day for the 15 days. They handed out brochures
educating others of the dangerous drugs. Later, she changed the acronym
to "SOACOR" (Silent One Against Crimes Of Roofies). Soon thereafter,
the SOACOR.com website came into existence. In 2001, SOACOR Foundation,
a non-profit organization was established.
"After the attack, the silent screams rang out. Not only was my
consciousness taken, my voice was silenced at the time of the attack
but I have become silenced in attempting to find the truth. No one can
know how truly voiceless this is until a roofie drink-spike attack. "
(Source: Soacor, the woman in April 1997.)
Until professionals gather more data and are prepared to identify an
individual under the influence of these drugs, know the variations of
roofies, can identify ruffie induced convulsions, understand that just
because an individual is under the influence does not mean that they
are criminals. Until then, then the victim will remain silenced. (See Size Doesn't
Just visiting this site makes you that much more aware of this drug.
That knowledge alone could save your life or the life of your loved one.