New Inventions in Response to Rise in College Campus Date Rape

Awareness of the college date rape problem has been on the rise for the past few years. It is estimated that approximately one in five women will be sexually assaulted while in college, and a significant proportion of those assaults will be classified as date rape. Many new measures are being implemented to help turn the tides and lower the amount of sexual violence on college campuses, but it is difficult to measure their success levels because as awareness of the problem increases, more women feel slightly more comfortable to come forward and report what has happened to them.

In response to the rise in date rape, new inventions are on the market and are in development, to help women keep themselves safe in risky situations. One such product that is not yet available is Undercover Colors. Undercover Colors is a nail polish sticker that can detect certain date rape drugs in a person’s drink. All you have to do is casually stir the drink with your finger and if your nail polish sticker changes color, that means a drug is present in the drink.

Another, similar product is Drink Savvy, a line of cups and straws also designed to detect date rape drugs. In addition to these items, there are also phone apps which track your location and allow you to send distress signals to pre-selected contacts. There is even a type of rape-proof (or, more probably, rape-resistant) underwear in production that cannot be cut or torn off and can only be removed by the wearer.

There are a number of resources available online regarding drink safety tips.