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    Default Nail Polish that detects 'date rape' drugs. Good idea - or just more victim blaming?

    A GROUP of university students who invented a nail polish which changes colour when drinks have been spiked claim it could potentially be used to ward off date rape attacks.

    The four chemistry students from North Carolina University, Ankesh Madan, Stephen Gray, Tyler Confrey-Maloney and Tasso Von Windheim, said the polish could detect when certain drugs were in women’s drinks before they were ingested.

    Women who wear the polish simply stir their finger in their drink and if a drug such as Rohypnol is detected the polish changes colour.
    Sounds great right?

    Huffington Post makes some great comments about it though

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sophia...b_5722724.html

    the comments underneath are worth reading too for insight into how people see this.

    What do you think?

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    While it's obviously not going to solve the issue (the fact that rape happens at all), I don't see how this can be viewed as anything but a helpful accessory for those who choose to use it. If it helps save even one woman from attack, then great. It's not like there are downsides. Not that I can see.

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    I saw this article this morning and read quiet a few of the comments. I think its a good thing, but I do understand the other side of the argument.

    I've seen the effects when a friend had her drink spiked. It was just awful. If there was a simple way to detect it I think that's great. But on the other hand agree we should not need to have nail polish that does this because drink spiking should not happen.

    I guess it comes down to the fact that there are awful people out there that are going to spike drinks and if this nail polish can help one person than its a good thing.

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    I think its bloomin fantastic. I had my drink spiked at schoolies and I was just so lucky I had amazing friends who took care of me and got me to the ER. I dont remember much of the night but without my friends I am fairly certain something awful would have happened to me.

    Whilst I think the blame always lies with the rapist, there is absolutely no harm in women having a tool to increase their safety. Having your drink spiked is absolutely awful.

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    I think it's great but I think it is very sad that we live in a world where it's warranted
    I'm saying this as a woman who has had her drink spiked before. Thankfully I had my best friend out with me that night and she knew something wasn't right and took me home.
    I know not everyone is that lucky and drink spiking isn't going to go away. So, if this nail polish can help keep at least one woman from becoming a victim of drink spiking, then IMO, it's a good thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kw123 View Post
    While it's obviously not going to solve the issue (the fact that rape happens at all), I don't see how this can be viewed as anything but a helpful accessory for those who choose to use it. If it helps save even one woman from attack, then great. It's not like there are downsides. Not that I can see.
    I agree.

    I think it would have served my sister well. She had her drink spiked in a bar. Luckily it hit her so quickly that she hit the deck at the bar and friends took her home straight away.

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    I think it is a bit stupid. It does not pretect against all drugs firstly so it will give a false sense of security to naive women and men who think a simple finger dip in a drink will protect them from being drugged. If someone wants to rape someone a little nail polish is not going to stop them.

    Lets use the nail polish as the same example as a condom. Oh we can have sex, I have a condom. Hep A, herpes and an accute case of crabs later....

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    Bit of both. It may be a useful tool but people should know it's limitations.

    On the other hand, are we now expected to use this nailpolish when we go out now? Will we be blamed if we don't use the nail polish?

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    I believe that anything that can help protect women from violent offenders is positive.
    I don't see this having potential victim blaming opportunities but I am worried it might give a false sense of security.
    The only person responsible for rape is the rapist. But that doesn't mean, as a woman , I'm not happy to have more options available to protect myself.
    Sure- we should all be able to walk around at night unimpeded , drink at bars without fear of being raped, not have our behaviour or clothing questioned or blamed - but until every rapist is off the street, I'm happy to have some more options.

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    As someone who has had their drink spiked, I can't see anything negative about this, as long as it's used as an extra safety precaution and not in lieu of the precautions we take already.

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