Empowerment
College Student Creates Napkin That Detects Date Rape Drugs In Drinks

This student invented a napkin to detect date rape drugs. Danya Sherman’s KnoNap looks like a regular napkin, but the edges are lined with chemicals that can detect dozens of drugs. A drop of drink on the napkin will change its color of the drug is present.

Sherman stated, “I wanted to create something that I wish I could have used, and that I know that I could be able to help others that I had gone through.”

Sherman was studying abroad in Spain in 2016, when she says a guy she considered a friend drugged and sexually assaulted her.

“One day I pray he sees it and knows that he inspired it, and that he couldn’t break me.”

Approximately one in 13 U.S. students report being drugged at some point — 79% of those reported drugging victims are women. Sherman, a junior at George Washington University, plans to start selling the KnoNap in fall 2018. The napkins will come in discreet packaging to have on hand at a bar or party.

“It’s become more than just a passion, and a purpose in life for me, it’s become a mission.” Sherman explained. Sexual assault drugs are hard to detect, but fortunately inventions like these are helping to protect people.