This post was sponsored by SipChip. The opinions are my own.
It was an average Saturday night for a single, young girl living in Hollywood. I had just graduated from UCLA and had found myself newly single after a break-up with my long-time boyfriend. As one does to distract themselves from heartbreak, I went out with a group of friends to see a band play at a neighborhood bar. While the scenario itself wasn’t that noteworthy (I don’t even remember the name of the band we saw playing), what happened that night was something I will never forget. I vividly remember parts of the night – the first part mostly – sitting at the bar with my first drink, when some guys started chatting me up in seemingly friendly conversation. It’s what I don’t remember that was frightening. All I can recall after my first drink was finding myself on the floor of the bar, with my friends and concerned bar staff standing over me. Someone had slipped something in my drink, and fortunately in this unfortunate scenario, I blacked out while still in the relatively safe vicinity of my friends. A friend took me home to her house where I was able to safely recover without the threat of a stranger taking advantage of me. I was lucky.
While I was lucky that night, the number of others that weren’t as lucky is staggering. Nearly one in 10 women have been the victims of drug-facilitated sexual assault (DFSA) and sexual assault while incapacitated and unable to provide consent (according to a study by the U.S. Department of Justice). Looking at students specifically, a 2016 study in the Psychology of Violence Journal found that more than 1 in 13 students reported being drugged and 1.4 percent reported incidents of drugging someone. And it’s not just women – 12.5 percent of men have reported incidence of sexual assault according to a separate study conducted by PLOS. Whether concerned about yourself or the safety of your children, these numbers are nothing short of alarming!
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You just need one drop of liquid from your drink to test, and after about 30 seconds you will know if your beverage is safe to drink or not. It works with 100 types of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
Whether I’m traveling solo for a business trip, out with friends for a girls’ night, or even thinking of my friends’ daughters going off to college this fall, I am going to keep SipChip in my own handbag from now on. You can arm yourself too (and save some money doing it) with code SIPCHIP10OFF for 10% off a SipChip 5-pack.
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