Campaign raises awareness about involuntary drugging

The MSU VOICE Center, in alliance with the Help Center’s Sexual Assault Counseling Center and the Bozeman and MSU Police Departments, will reveal a new campaign this month attempting to increase awareness about involuntary drugging and encourage people to “watch their drinks and watch their friends.”

The VOICE Center’s “Watch your Drink. Watch your Friends” campaign works with the campus community and local bars and restaurants to display awareness posters in prominent locations and magnets in bathroom stalls.

In April of 2012, the VOICE Center and Help Center’s Sexual Assault Counseling Center surveyed anonymous individuals who had experienced involuntary drugging in Bozeman. The survey revealed that of the male and female respondents, 66 percent were under the age of 25 when the drugging incident occurred, according to a press release from VOICE Center Coordinator Alanna Sherstad.

About 75 percent of respondents reported being drugged at bars in downtown Bozeman, with 16 percent at a private residence and 9 percent on campus.

Involuntary druggings is a crime in Montana and anyone who believes he or she has been drugged is encouraged to call 406-994-7069 for information on testing.