Can you imagine the situation when four unsuspecting young girls decided to go out for a girls night out, and only three of them have returned home safely?
What has happened to the fourth, you might wonder?
She has been drugged, raped and has no recollection of the event. This kind of scenario is, unfortunately, a true story of many innocent young girls recently.
Slipping date rape drugs into a drink of an unsuspicious victim has become very familiar, an everyday crime that needs to be prevented as soon as possible. Several products that help to alert the potential victims about the danger have been developed, and nail polish is one of the latest.
A group of students at North Carolina State University – Ankesh Madan, Stephen Grey, Tasso Von Windheim and Tyler Confrey-Maloney developed a nail polish that detects a drug in the drink.
This product detects the presence of date rape drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid).
How does nail polish work?
The ˝victim˝ has to stir up the drink with the finger to see if anyone has tampered with it. The colour of nail polish changes as soon as the presence of drugs has been detected.
It may seem a bit unusual or even not very hygienic, but it really does not matter if something like that prevents the sexual assault.
Creating products that alert women when they are in danger like nail polish, anti-rape underwear, and pepper spray cameras can be used only as a precaution. The main focus to avoid sexual violence needs to be in the form of proper education and recognizing the consequences of criminal behaviour.
Informing about other people´s boundaries and personal space is very important.
Hopefully, these products will not turn into another clever commercial trick and truly help with potentially dangerous situations.
What is the point of freedom, if you have to watch on your back all the time?