Kesha's Allegations Shed Light on "Date-Rape" Drugs

on Wednesday, 09 March 2016. Posted in Breaking News

Kesha's Allegations Shed Light on

Kesha Rose Sebert, known mononymously as Kesha, and formally as Ke$ha, is known for many things. She has written many top-charting songs, all delivered with a very distinct presence, swagger, and creative image that is truly unique.

She has also used her fame as a platform for advocacy, speaking out for LGBT rights and against bullying, efforts that won her the Human Rights Campaign's Visibility Award in 2016. In her memoir, she says she is "still a misfit and I will always stand up for people who feel they don't fit in."

However, in February 2016, her public music career was put on hold, as she sought to be freed from her current contract. As part of these court proceedings, she has spoken out about ways her producer, Dr. Luke, behaved in abusive ways, to the point that she can no longer work with him.

Among other claims, of bullying, emotional abuse, and controlling her with an excessively heavy hand, she has claimed that he sexually assaulted her twice, and that drugs were involved both times.

Many other musicians have pledged their support, Her allegations of such serious mistreatment provide an opportune moment to discuss the reality of so-called "date rape drugs," that can be slipped into a person's drink to "knock them out" and manipulate their behavior. Raising awareness about these substances and their risks is an important part of staying safe.

What Happened:
When she was 18, the producer Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald, or "Dr. Luke," reached out to Kesha in Nashville, impressed by her demo recordings. He convinced the then unknown teenager to move to Los Angeles, signing her to his label, Kemosabe Entertainment and publishing company, Prescription Songs. Dr. Luke was the central producing force behind most of the songs or her albums Animal and Warrior.

In a civil suit filed in October 2014, Kesha currently alleges that underneath the veneer of artistic success, she was being abused and mistreated. She went to rehab for an eating disorder in 2014, which she claims was based in part on Dr. Luke's continuous insults about her appearance and weight.

In addition to the verbal abuse, the deposition suggests she was sexually assaulted twice. On one instance, she says she was forced to snort an illicit drug on a plane, and Dr. Luke made non-consuntual seuxal advances while she was under the substance's influence. In another case, Kesha was given what she was told were "sober pills" after drinking.

After taking the pills, she woke up the next afternoon with no memory of what happened, naked and sore. She later learned these pills were actually, gamma-hydroxybutyrate, or GHB, a drug that can induce a loss of consciousness if abused, and is often slipped unknowingly into people's drinks in order to manipulate their behavior. Dr. Luke continues to deny all of these allegations, but Kesha remains consistent that "I cannot work with this monster."

Date-Rape Drugs:
GHB is one of many drugs that are often used by sexual predators as a way of assisting a sexual assault, which can be any kind of sexual touching or attempting incorse that you do not concent to. These drugs can affect memory, cause someone to pass out or be unable to control behavior, and make the victim feel physically weak and mentally confused.

The three substances used most common in instances of drug-facilitated sexual assault are Rohypnol, GHB, and Ketamine. These drugs usually take effect within 30 minutes of being taken, and often leave the body within a few hours, so it is sometimes hard to even know you've taken them.

They come in both liquid and powder form, and are often slipped into drinks. Rohypnol can give a beverage a slightly cloudy look, and GHB sometimes has a slightly salty taste, but it can often be hard to tell they are present.

Be Aware:
A certain amount of vigilance may be necessary to keep yourself safe. Open beverage containers yourself, keep your drink with you at all times, avoid drinks from common, shared containers. If someone offers a drink to you, go with them, and watch it being poured and carry it yourself.

If you are slipped these drugs, you may feel woozy or "drunk" almost instantly, so get help right away if you ever feel drunk without consuming alcohol, or feel like the effects of alcohol are stronger than usual.

If You Suspect You Have Been Given One of These Drugs:
If you wake up feeling disoriented, having no memory of what happened after being given a beverage, or feel like you might have had sex with no memory of what happened, call 911 right away, or have a trusted friend take you to a hospital.

Avoid urinating, bathing, brushing your teeth, changing your clothes or eating or drinking before you go, so that investigators can collect the best evidence possible if a rape or assault occurred. Speak openly and honestly to the police, knowing with absolute certainty that what happened was not your fault. Above all, take care of yourself.

Assault can be a very traumatic event, and can bring on very hard feelings. Both supportive friends and a trained counsellor are important ways to help you work through feelings of shame, guilt, shock, and fear that may come up. One resource that can be an especially helpful place to start is the National Sexual Assault Hotline that you can call at 800-656-HOPE, or online

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