Three men were convicted today of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 15-year-old girl. A fourth suspect was convicted of poisoning charges.
The men gave the young woman a drink spiked with GHB, the ‘date rape’ drug, and she died the next day. Those convicted of manslaughter face up to 15 years in prison.
The United States House of Representatives passed a bill earlier this year that significantly toughens federal laws for the possession and distribution of the 'date rape' drug. President Clinton signed the legislation last month.
GHB, or gamma hydroxybutyrate, acquired the street name 'date rape' drug because men have slipped it into the drinks of unsuspecting women who are then sexually assaulted while unconscious. Only a few drops of the drug slipped into a drink can cause a person to lose consciousness within 20 minutes, frequently leaving the victim with no memory of what happened.
Under the federal legislation, anyone caught in possession or distribution of the drug could face up to 20 years in prison.
Media Resources: The Associated Press - March 14, 2000]
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .