Wednesday, December 9, 2009

UNCC student gets 'Roofie Bomb' removed from menu

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 2:48 PM

Wild applause goes out to Erin Lederer, a senior at UNC Charlotte. When she noticed "Roofie Bombs" on the menu at Wild Wing Cafe, in University City, she didn't ignore the reference to the notorious date-rape drug, she mobilized her friends and got the drink yanked from the menu.

Turns out, Erin is part of the Hijas Americans group, led by local author and advocate for young Latinas, Rosie Molinary. Read more about Erin's story here.

Encourage more young women to stand strong, like Erin, by supporting Rosie's non-profit, Circle de Luz.

"I was immediately sick to my stomach," said Erin Lederer, a senior at UNC-Charlotte.

What made her sick to her stomach wasn't the food at the Wild Wing Cafe in the University area. It was the name of a drink listed on their menu.

"The idea that a drink can be a 'Roofie Bomb' is condoning rape and date rape," said Lederer.

Roofie is slang for Rohypnol, a sedative that's called the "date rape drug." The drink had been on the menu for about five months.

"I don't know why no one said anything," Lederer said. "Maybe no one said anything because they didn't think it would be worth it."

Lederer said it was worth it to her. She e-mailed everyone she knew and Wild Wing Cafe. She also asked her friends to e-mail the restaurant.

A couple of days later, the drink menus had been removed and new menus were being printed.

Read more from MSNBC.com and NewsChannel 36 here.

What's it like to be drugged with Rohypnol? Like anything else, until you've experienced it for yourself it's hard to say. But this award-winning short film will give you an idea:

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