FIVE hours might not seem long but that was all it took to change Alexandra Jenna’s life for ever.
Over those few short hours, the 28-year-old singer believes she was drugged and sexually assaulted — but has no memory of what happened.
It is a crime that is on the rise.
And as our investigation today reveals, videos of these attacks are increasingly ending up on hardcore pornography websites, making the consequences for victims even more devastating.
Alexandra, who was at a club in Manchester when her drink was spiked with the drug GHB, says: “I remember ordering two vodka-and-Cokes before asking a man where I could go for a cigarette.
“Looking back, I think he directed me to an outside courtyard on purpose. It was sort of an enclosed space where they kept the rubbish and I couldn’t get back in.
“I’m sure my drink had been spiked and after that I don’t remember any more.
“I think I was assaulted there and tried to get home because the driver of the taxi I caught when I got away said I was frothing at the mouth.”
He took Alexandra to a police station but the next thing she can remember is being dropped home by a police van five hours later.
She had also lost control of her bladder — a common side-effect of poisoning by GHB.
When Alexandra was taken to hospital in the morning by her mum, her blood tested positive for the drug.
She was also given an STI test which was negative.
Like many women, Alexandra was too ashamed and confused to take further action, but later heard the venue was closed after other allegations of drug rape were made.
She said: “It sent me into a sinkhole of depression because I was so ashamed and confused.
“It may have been five lost hours but it’s affected me for years afterwards.”
Our investigation found that more than six million videos depicting sex acts on unconscious women are uploaded every year to major sites.
Experts say it is highly likely that these videos — both professional and amateur — include real assaults which have been secretly filmed without the victim’s knowledge.
According to a Freedom of Information request, there were 724 reports of drinks being spiked in 2018 — two and a half times the 285 incidents of 2015.
But as only half of UK police forces responded to the request — and because most drug assaults are never reported — the true number will be far higher.
In February, singer Duffy, 36, revealed she had been drugged, raped and abducted several years ago. Only later did she feel strong enough to talk about her ordeal.
It sent me into a sinkhole of depression because I was so ashamed and confused.
The Rockferry singer from Nefym in Gwynedd wrote to her 33,000 Instagram followers: “The truth is, and please trust me I am OK and safe now, I was raped and drugged and held captive over some days.
“Of course I survived. The recovery took time. There’s no light way to say it.
"But I can tell you in the last decade, the thousands and thousands of days I committed to wanting to feel the sunshine in my heart again, the sun does now shine.”
Drugging women in order to have sex with them is a growing — and illegal — category of porn videos.
In footage found in our investigation, a young blonde woman is filmed sipping from a wine glass.
As she drinks, a smartly dressed man on the sofa opposite watches as she becomes dizzy and her eyes start to close. Next, she is seen slumped over in her chair.
After she passes out, the man bends her over the table, takes her clothes off and has sex with her.
In case there is any doubt what is happening, the introductory caption describes a sexually frustrated man’s perfect “plan”, to drug a pretty young woman then “not wasting any time” when she passed out.
It took just minutes on the dark web to find this video on a website dedicated to sex with passed-out women.
In every video, women are shown as unable to consent, let alone fight back, because they are unconscious.
Last month, jobless Christopher Killick, 41 pleaded guilty to voyeurism at Thames Magistrates’ Court after filming a passed-out naked woman on his phone during a sexual encounter.
The case, which took five years to get to court, came after Emily Hunt, 40, a strategy consultant, woke up five hours after a family lunch in London to find herself in a hotel bed with the stranger.
She had no recollection of how she got there and believed she had been drugged and raped.
CCTV footage showed the pair in a bar earlier that day with Emily being unable to stand up as he led her to the hotel.
Killick, from Brent in North West London, was initially arrested on suspicion of rape, but police dropped the case due to lack of evidence.
But he admitted filming Emily unconscious, lying naked in the hotel bed, and making a 62-second video for the purposes of sexual gratification without her consent.
He was sentenced to a 30-month community service order, fined £2,180 and ordered to pay the victim £5,000 compensation.
Experts say it is impossible to say how many of the millions of drug rape videos uploaded to the web are staged by actors and how many are real.
On the homepage of one such website, which claims to be based in Spain, it says: “Welcome to Drugged Assault, a brand-new site that takes you into the shocking world of forced sex with drugged sex.”
Two tablets are pictured, as well as a woman depicted being drugged with a chloroform-soaked handkerchief.
This site requires viewers to subscribe, but elsewhere these extreme videos are free to watch.
However, if the websites are based outside the UK, it is almost impossible to police here.
Professor Gail Dines, president of Culture Reframed, a charity that helps parents make their children resilient to porn, has researched this subject for more than 30 years.
She says: “Whether these videos are faked or not, this sort of material legitimises violence against women.
“We don’t know if all of it is real but the men who consume it take it as true and are getting turned on by the thought of these girls being passed out.
"We know that porn gives men sexual scripts they then go and play out in real life.”
Pornography depicting non-consensual penetration — even if it is staged — is illegal in the UK and watching it can be a criminal offence.
Yet research by Durham University found that major porn websites violate their own terms and conditions by allowing clips with titles such as “She Woke Up Being F***ed” on the first page a user sees.
Kate Isaacs — founder of NotYourPorn, a campaign group that aims to hold the porn industry accountable for the distribution of non-consensual material — says: “Whether such scenes are faked or not, any material like this makes real rape much harder to spot.
“If there’s now an entire category of drug-rape porn, then it’s becoming normalised.
“Real rape could be getting uploaded on to porn sites and then get exploited by porn sites to make cash.” Although most victims are women, men are preyed upon too.
In January, mature student Reynhard Sinaga, 37, was jailed for life for 136 rapes against young men in their late teens and early twenties in Manchester.
His method was to find vulnerable victims drunk outside nightclubs and drug them with GHB, then assault them while filming it on a phone.
None of the victims knew what had happened.
Deana Puccio, of The Rap Project, which goes into schools to talk to children about staying safe online and offline, believes it is essential young people look out for one another.
She says: “The young people I know who narrowly avoided being victims had friends looking out for them.”
Deana also recommends that people take sips to make sure their drinks are not spiked.
She adds: “Drug rape is a crime of opportunity. So I always tell young people to keep their drinks with them when they go to the bathroom.
“I also recommend they buy bottled drinks and keep the cap on them between sips, which makes it more difficult for someone to spike.”
As for Alexandra, she says she will always have to live with the agony of not knowing what happened during those lost hours.
She says: “I blamed myself because I couldn’t remember anything. It’s the not knowing which is so horrible.
“I will never be able to reclaim that part of myself. Knowing there are still sexual psychopaths out there enjoying this stuff makes it even more horrendous.”
- For details of free courses on how to talk to young people about porn, see culturereframed.org.
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