To Drink Or Not To Drink? By Blogger Rose

To Drink Or Not To Drink? By Blogger Rose

I have seen many different products for the specific purpose of making sure that someone did not add that *special something* to the drink (regardless of what it is) of an unsuspecting person in an attempt to prevent date rape.  Testing products designed to check for drugs have made an appearance including lip gloss, nail polish, tester strips, a straw, and electronic gadgets.  I think some points should be made regarding the selection of said method of testing:

  1. Make sure the company selling the testing method is reputable and their site payment method is secure.
  2. Review the facts about the testing method in question. If it seems to be unsupported by research or some sort of demonstration to prove its quality and usefulness, then avoid it.
  3. Research to see if there have been any reviews by reliable organizations or forms of media on the testing method in question.
  4. Read over the reviews from customers but keep in mind that it could be anyone reviewing and might not be trustworthy.
  5. Ask yourself if the testing method is worth the price; as in the number of tests included/cost per test, and cost of unit along with warranties in the case of an electronic gadget.

Another alternative would be to not leave your drink unattended and/or use a covered insulated mug.  It may not be the most rad way of preventing spiking of your drink, unless you want to whip out your testing method and wait for results before you take a sip, which could possibly work for that individual.  However, a different method of containing your beverage could be more cost effective as well as practical, but who is to say this is true unless a scholarly and comprehensive study has been done comparing methods against date rape, right?

Presenting our Junior Board Member: Meet Amy Bianca

Presenting our Junior Board Member: Meet Amy Bianca

Amy Bianca Lara, 24, is marketing professional in New York City. A feminist and a reproductive health advocate, Amy has dedicated her time to social justice since 2007. In 2009, she became the youngest recipient of the State of New Jersey’s “Best EMT Action by a Youth Award”. Since graduating from the University of Chicago in 2013, she has focused her efforts on cultivating an exciting career in media, as well as continuing to volunteer with nonprofit organizations in Chicago and New York City. Amy is a Hermana of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Incorporated, she enjoys running and drinking green smoothies in her free time. Amy’s number one passion is to generate gender equality in the United States by eliminating sexual violence, adopting healthy gender relations, and bringing issues of gender into conversation.

Presenting our Junior Board Member:  Meet Ryan

Presenting our Junior Board Member: Meet Ryan

My name is Ryan Flynn. I am a graduate of Illinois College with a B.A. in History with minors in psychology and political science. I am an avid writer, with one book under my belt called “Barbara Farley: A True Blue First Year,” a book on the president of my college, the first woman president of Illinois College. I also blog A LOT, with a website titled RyanWilliamFlynn.com, which hosts my interview series Voice A Story, which focuses on inspirational and intriguing people and their stories.

My goal by working with the Leila Grace Foundation is to prove that you do not need to be a survivor of sexual assault or other interested party to get involved with such an organization. I want to prove that we all should have a vested interest in sexual assault awareness and protecting those that we care about from sexual assault.
Using my writing experience and other skills, I hope to provide the Leila Grace Foundation with new avenues for its mission and to bring other young writers and professionals to the organization as skilled contacts. If you want to chat or if I can be of service, follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rwilliamflynn