This girl says she tried to take a cute selfie and accidentally filmed a man trying to drug her friend — but Twitter is skeptical
Watch and decide for yourself
by Katie Way
There's no question that drug-facilitated sexual assault — meaning "the administration of an anesthesia-type drug to render a victim physically incapacitated or helpless and thus incapable of giving or withholding consent" — is a problem. But there are some pretty valid questions about whether or not this video of a woman's drink getting drugged is authentic.
Twitter user @Jaeda_sky posted the video in question on Wednesday, which appears to show a man dropping… something into the drink of her female friend, while the two women take a selfie-style video together.
I’ll never understand how a dude can be so wack with no game and feel the need to be such a disgusting predator. Ladies watch your drinks! Watch her cup 😡😡😡 pic.twitter.com/wbIKeETiiW
— 🍒Jaeda_sky🍒 (@Jaeda_sky) April 4, 2018
"I’ll never understand how a dude can be so wack with no game and feel the need to be such a disgusting predator," her caption reads. "Ladies watch your drinks! Watch her cup 😡😡😡"
The alleged drugging occurs around ten seconds into the video, and although you might need to watch it a few times, you can pretty clearly see the guy in question putting his hand into the woman's drink.
Obviously, people on Twitter were outraged — because that's what Twitter is for, and because if this video is real it's an egregious example of an all-too-common predatory behavior.
A felony literally caught on camera
— J A C O B Y (@_Jacobinho) April 5, 2018
Woowww the drink can literally be in my own hand and I’ll still get roofied pic.twitter.com/rbMp6wSndM
— Ⓜ️aya (@maya_wazowski) April 5, 2018
Can clearly see this wasnt his first time doong that
— 🌞 (@RazorDrama) April 5, 2018
According to the Justice Department, there are no "conclusive estimates" on how often drug-facilitated sexual assault takes place, because victims don't always know they've been drugged which means many don't go through the official reporting process. The Justice Department does, however, say it has reason to believe the number of these kinds of assaults are on the rise.
And some of the drugs most commonly used to incapacitate victims, like GHB and ketamine, are notoriously difficult to detect after the fact, because the body processes them so quickly.
So in one scenario, this video shows an attempt at an underreported, but alarmingly common, type of sexual violence — one that @Jadea_sky said later her friend noticed and avoided.
She’s okay 🤘🏻 she noticed. Thankfully.
— 🍒Jaeda_sky🍒 (@Jaeda_sky) April 4, 2018
But some people are calling the video a fake — even suggesting that it's just a joke filmed between friends.
Or u can all use your heads. Think about how convenient this is lol. Dude saw she had her phone up and there was a camera. Who would be that bold?
— bigger dick chima (@BiggerDickChima) April 5, 2018
why does it look like the cup is tilted back the whole time as if shes waiting for him🤭 if this isnt real this is a really good psa announcement lol.
— Loren (@LsLoren) April 5, 2018
ok this happened in brazil and they're friends and he was "joking". She already posted that she is fine and he was jusy being silly. anyway, it's always good to be aware.
— jazz (@jess_isss) April 5, 2018
People pointed to different video frames, where it didn't appear that the apparent perpetrator was holding… anything.
Why is there nothing in his hand right before putting something in her drink pic.twitter.com/wlmT2b8E4X
— k (@biebssdarlingg) April 5, 2018
Okay spiking drinks is disgusting and if he actually spiked it then he should be found and arrested, however upon watching it, it seems as if he grabs it out of thin air? He has nothing in his hand before and then out of nowhere he has “something” that can’t be seen pic.twitter.com/LXPMqUiGyC
— nicole (@nicoleorra) April 5, 2018
The woman who originally posted the video hasn't responded to any detractors or our requests for comment, so the authenticity of the video remains undetermined.
But if this was a joke, or a stunt for Twitter clout, then it's definitely not funny — because it's a rape joke. And we all know that rape jokes are trash.