Alert for punctures: in the Canary Islands there are no complaints

Archive image of the Gynecological Emergency area of ​​the Maternal and Child Hospital of Gran Canaria. / ARCADIO SUAREZ

Neither the National Police, nor the 112 nor the island health centers are aware of this new type of sexist aggression linked to chemical submission

Carmen Delia Aranda

The Canary archipelago is escaping the wave of sexist crime that is taking place in the discos of some Spanish communities where punctures are being recorded as a presumed way to search for the
chemical submission of women for sexual purposes.

On the islands, at the moment, there is no evidence that this type of sexist acts have been reported, which, to a large extent, are aimed at
bullying young girls in discos and nightlife venues. In fact, in practically all the punctures reported on the Peninsula no toxic substances have been found and the women have not reported having been victims of crimes. After the San Fermines, where the first cases were detected,
in Spain about thirty punctures have been reported, most in Madrid, the Balearic Islands, Andalusia, Catalonia and the Basque Country

In the Canary Islands, neither the National Police nor the 112 emergency center have received complaints of this type. Nor have the archipelago's health centers treated any woman for these punctures, they indicate from the Ministry of Health.

In any case,
The Canary Islands are prepared to attend to women victims of this practice that seeks to annul their will to sexually assault themsaid the general director of Assistance Programs of the Ministry of Health, Elizabeth Hernández.

In this sense, the director general stressed that the
Protocol for the Care of Women Victims of Sexual Assault, prepared two years ago at the request of the Gynecology Service of the Maternal and Child Hospital of Gran Canaria, contains in its Annex I precise instructions for action in the event that it is suspected that a woman has been assaulted after being drugged. “In 2020, when we saw the magnitude of the problem,
we created a specific section on chemical submission after verifying that a series of sexual assaults were taking place after the administration of psychoactive substances or drugs that left a person without will and that they could provoke a change in their state of consciousness”, explains Hernández.

Although this document does not explicitly provide for punctures as a means of administering incapacitating substances, it does
proposes guidelines to be taken into account so that health personnel can detect a sexual assault caused by chemical submission. «Professionals collect a series of data to detect warning signs; the victim is asked if she has suffered a loss of memory, if she has woken up in an unknown place or with torn clothes...
It is very important to determine if there has been a possible chemical submission quickly because, after a few hours, it is difficult for the remains of these substances to be detected in the toxicological analysis that can be administered orally or with an injection”, indicates Hernández.

In the event that a woman suspects that she has received a puncture or wakes up alone and without knowing what has happened to her or where she is, the doctor recommends going to the Emergency Department on the spot or contacting 112 to activate the police resources or health services that you need according to the protocol Attention to Women Victims of Sexual Assault. «
Both in the face of an aggression and in the face of a suspicion of aggression, the same mechanism is activated», says Hernandez.

15% of the victims of sexual assault treated at the Gran Canaria Maternal and Child Hospital suffer from memory gaps or have woken up in strange places attributable to an alleged chemical submission that in very few cases is detected.

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