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Undercover Colors: Nail Polish to Detect Date Rape Drugs

A fashion accessory
could help in the fight against sexual assault. Four North Carolina
State University students invented a nail polish that alerts women to
date rape drugs.

It's called "Undercover Colors,"
and it's a nail polish concept for men that getting a lot of attention.
NewsChannel9's Briona Arradondo spoke to a local woman named Melanie
who said she was raped and wishes something like that product was
invented sooner.

"When you wake up and you realize that you've
been beaten and raped, but you can't remember anything, you need to go
immediately to the hospital or to the Rape Crisis Center and get blood
work done immediately," said Melanie.

A way to detect drinks laced
with Rohypnol and other date rape drugs is what inspired the four men to
create the concept and empower women. It's a clear polish that only
changes color when in contact with  Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB. Melanie
said that concept gives her comfort.

"It does, and I would wear it everyday," said Melanie. "I would buy it for everyone I know, definitely."

College-aged men and women agree.

"That's
something I would definitely use because it's a very dangerous
situation that happens lot," said Madison Luna, a University of
Tennessee at Chattanooga student.

"It will definitely make girls feel safer when they're out and about," said Ross Mauldin, a UTC student.

Salon
specialists said it appeals to their clients. However, the product is
not yet available to the market, and the innovators are collecting
donations to continue their research and development.

"I wouldn't
necessarily say that it is too sensitive because I think that we can
never be too careful these days," said Genia Church, Epiphany Salon and
Day Spa co-owner. "So, to offer something like that I think it's going
to go over well."

But advocates said the product won't solve the
problem of assault, and it's just one way to raise awareness. So, for
people like Melanie, she said it's important to act when you are
sexually assaulted.

"I have rights, and I'm going to go after my rights. I have a right to be protected," said Melanie.

Even
though the product opens up a conversation, rape advocates said it
won't prevent assault. Advocates said people need to be aware that
attackers can be strangers or someone you know.

The Partnership's
Rape Crisis Center in Chattanooga reports 185 new clients of sexual
assaults from June 2013 to July 2014, and workers said they performed 80
exams for evidence on victims. The number of clients for the
Partnership are up from 2012, when the number of new clients was 103. If
you need to report a rape, call the crisis hotline at 423-755-2700.

By Briona Arradondo

Undercover Colors: Nail Polish to Detect Date Rape Drugs

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