Germany: Women victims of “date rape drugs” during an SPD party

Germany: Women victims of “date rape drugs” SPD

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At least nine women attending a party of the German Social Democratic Party, attended by Chancellor Olaf Scholz, were drugged with so-called date rape drugs, the SPD said on Saturday at the 'AFP. 

“The excitement is quite great,” a spokesman for the Social Democratic parliamentary group told AFP, confirming information from the Berlin daily Tagesspiegel.

Berlin police say they are investigating grievous bodily harm after a 21-year-old woman lodged a complaint against X. 

“I advise anyone concerned to file a complaint,” also wrote on Twitter an official of the parliamentary group, Katja Mast.

Nine victims have been listed so far, but the spokesperson for the parliamentary group did not rule out that he there are more.

In an e-mail addressed to the participants of this summer party, which was held near the chancellery on Wednesday, the SPD denounced “a monstrous act which was immediately reported by us to the police of the Bundestag”. 

About a thousand people took part in the traditional SPD party before the summer parliamentary break, including the Chancellor, a member of this formation, but also many MPs and their collaborators.

“It was an internal event. You could only enter by invitation, ”said the spokesperson. “There are still many uncertainties, the police are investigating”.

In a press release, the Berlin police, which only mentions a “summer party of a political party”, explained that they had been alerted by a 21-year-old young woman who, the day after the event, had no memory of the evening. 

She then went to the hospital for a medical examination and filed a complaint.

During the party, the young woman, who had consumed food and non-alcoholic beverages, had felt unwell, including nausea and dizziness. 

The police have so far indicated that they have was informed of four other cases.

“Date rape drugs”, which generally cause nausea and dizziness, refer to different psychotropic substances generally poured into the drink of people and then abused by violence , theft or sexual assault.

In 2021, in Berlin, a city of celebration and sometimes excess, 22 cases of assault with “date rape drugs” were recorded by the police, according to the daily Berliner Zeitung.

The actual number is expected to be much higher, however, with many victims having little memory of their assault or feeling ashamed to file a complaint.

In addition last year, the clubs, discotheques and other places of festivities in the capital remained fer much of the year due to the pandemic.