Gov. Cooper Signs Law Protecting Victims Of ‘Date Rape’ And Other Drugs

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Governor Cooper signed Senate Bill 768 into law Friday, which makes date rape now explicitly illegal in North Carolina.

The law will go into effect on December 1st, and will apply to offenses after that date. The new law changes wording to include protections for victims of the “date rape” drug and other mind altering substances.

Original Story June 14, 2018

CHARLOTTE, NC.– An amendment aiming to better protect victims of date rape drug has been passed by North Carolina lawmakers and is headed to Governor Cooper’s desk for approval.

This comes as another woman says she was drugged at a popular bar in Uptown Charlotte. It’s the second time a woman has come forward about their drinks being drugged at the Epicentre in the past month. Representative Chaz Beasley sponsored the amendment, which had bi-partisan support.

“The problem with the current iteration of the statute is that it doesn’t actually talk about being drugged or poisoned,” says Rep. Beasley.

Rep. Beasley says current law states in order for someone to be mentally incapacitated, something would have to be done to them, like being hit over the head and knocked out. That’s why he’s sponsoring an amendment that adds being drugged or poisoned as a factor of being mentally incapacitated. If Governor Cooper signs this bill — it will become law in July.

“Our laws need to reflect that this is happening, there are victims out there who deserve justice, and they should have a clear path to that justice as possible.”

One of those victims is Leah McGuirk. She says her drink was drugged at Rooftop 210 on May 12th. She fears if her friends weren’t there to take care of her, she would’ve been sexually assaulted.

“Falling on the ground, having to be picked up by friends as I couldn’t walk. It was really scary because there are parts that I don’t remember,” say McGuirk.

CMPD says a 23-year-old woman came forward saying someone drugged her drink when she was out with friends at the Epicentre on Friday. The woman blacked out and got sick. Her friends called an ambulance and she was taken to the hospital. Police say it happened at Suite, right next to where Leah was drugged.