THE GREEN SCREEN
Drug-Facilitated Crime Testing Kit
The Green Screen is a kit being used in Columbia, South Carolina to help identify, investigate, and end involuntary druggings.
The contents of the Green Screen include a blood and urine collection kit, consent form, and advocacy booklet that helps victims track critical information while understanding the crime, how it affects their health, and options for next steps.
The Green Screen is available now at Providence Hospital as well as Prisma Health Baptist, Richland, and Parkridge hospitals in Columbia.
HOW IT WORKS
Victims by Signs
Tingling or Numbness
Sudden Loss of Consciousness
Sudden Change in Ability to Move, Think, or Communicate
to the Hospital
The health of the victim takes top priority during involuntary druggings.
It is critical to ensure they get the care they need at the closest hospital without delay. This is also where health care professionals can begin the Green Screen.
A consent form is signed and blood and urine
An incident report is
filed through law enforcement, documenting the events. The kit is
sealed and sent for
testing, maintaining chain of custody.
Support and Resources
The Green Screen advocacy booklet has useful information and resources including the definition of drug-facilitated crime, optional next steps, support team names, an application for crime victim compensation, and a guide to getting test results.
IN THE PRESS
Hundreds of College Students Drugged. Meet the Team Ending It.
THE GREEN SCREEN
For Release on August 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Updated November 16, 2021
(Columbia, SC August 2021) - After noticing a disturbing increase in Drug Facilitated Crime in Columbia, SC, SASS Go created a Critical Incident Response Team on Drug Facilitated Crime (CIRT DFC), bringing together a team of community leaders with a mission to (1) IDENTIFY victims and the drugs involuntarily and unknowingly ingested, (2) PROVIDE appropriate care, support, and education for the community, and (3) ENSURE perpetrators are held accountable. Drug Facilitated Crime (DFC) occurs when a person intentionally and illegally places a mind-altering substance in a victim’s food or drink without their knowledge or consent. These drugs alter, impair, or significantly impact a victim’s consciousness, memory, and ability to think, move, or respond, leaving victims vulnerable to other dangerous crimes such as sexual assault, robbery, and other crimes against the person. Under Code 16-3-75, Drug Facilitated Crime is a felony in South Carolina punishable by imprisonment up to 20 years. It is a disturbing trend across the nation and one that SASS Go President & Founder Shannon Henry refused to ignore as students in her classroom shared their experiences with what they suspected to be Drug Facilitated Crime in the Five Points area of Columbia.
SASS Go, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in the Midlands of South Carolina, is dedicated to ending the assault, abuse, and trafficking of women and girls globally through prevention education, self-defense training, and crisis consulting. Knowing students are often hesitant to report such incidents to authorities, the organization circulated an informal online questionnaire to gather information that would prove to be both useful and staggering. In less than 3 weeks, over 300 respondents reported similar circumstances around experiences that included retrograde amnesia, waking up in unfamiliar locations, and scenarios including: laying in strangers’ vehicles, on the ground by the river, on the side of the road or in alleyways missing clothing and shoes, hospitalized, robbed, and with physical injuries that included concussions, bruising, and sexual assault.
After an extensive but fruitless national search for a collaborative model to effectively address these crimes, SASS Go founded the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) on Drug Facilitated Crime (DFC) to create it. This initiative pulled together distinguished leaders from Prisma Health, law enforcement, and EMT Services. The dedicated professionals banded together quickly and without hesitation on their mission to ensure this community had the tools, information, and support it needed to identify, address, and end these crimes now and in perpetuity.
In just 4 months, the team created the Drug Facilitated Crime Kit (DFC-K) as well as the protocol that standardizes care across agencies to identify victims and the drugs used against them while collecting information to help determine when, where, and how the crime occurred for the pursuit of justice. The DFC-K maintains chain of custody, preserving the information for admissibility in court. Over the next few months, this team will continue to educate and implement this initiative within our community to ensure it is relied upon as standard operating procedure for these crimes.
For those who suspect they or someone they know has been drugged, call 911 immediately or go to the nearest hospital. For new and past reports of DFC, please contact local law enforcement or head to www.itsgotimenow.org to fill in the anonymous reporting form that led to this initiative. As a community, we would like to express our sincere appreciation to all the brave women and men who reported these crimes. Without your voices, none of these advances would have been made to help safeguard our community and provide survivors with the support they need. Please know that South Carolina heard you, believed you, and will do our best to care for you moving forward while holding those responsible accountable.
For more information about SASS Go and the critical work we do to support survivors and end assault, abuse, and trafficking against women and girls globally, visit www.sassgo.org.
We are proud of South Carolina, the citizens who spoke up to protect their neighbors, and the creative and purposed professionals who dedicate their time to safeguarding the health and well-being of our community.
THE POWER OF YOUR DONATION
Your donations help us provide Green Screen kits to hospitals, victims, and law enforcement while educating communities on the prevalence and detection of drug-facilitated crimes.
As we work alongside dedicated agencies,
we are identifying, addressing,
and stopping involuntary druggings in Columbia, South Carolina together.
SASS Go covers the cost of Green Screen packaging, booklets, education, and distribution.
Thank you for your help!
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