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The Internet Is Going Wild Over Three Awesome Women Who Prevented a Date Rape

Three California women proved that superheroes live amongst us after preventing a date rape from happening last week in L.A., and their story has gone viral.

Sonia Ulrich, who was enjoying happy hour at the Fairmont Hotel Santa Monica’s Fig restaurant with friends Monica Kenyon and Marla Saltzer, wrote about the horrifying incident on her Facebook page, posting an image of the trio in superhero form with the words “Don’t roofie someone on our watch!” plastered across.

Here’s what happened:

One of the women noticed a man appearing to be drugging his date. In her post, she writes, “He pulled her glass toward him, kind of awkwardly, then he took out a little black vial. He opened it up and dropped something in. Then he tried to play it cool, like checking his phone and hiding the vial in his hand and then trying to bring it back down slyly.”

The trio didn’t know what to do at first, but luckily decided to take action.

“Hey! Um, this is kind of weird, but, uh, we saw the guy you were with put something in your drink,” Ulrich told the girl, after following her into the bathroom.

They also notified management, who thankfully had security video footage of the entire incident going down. The almost-victim then had to sit through about 40 minutes with “one of her best friends” (she had known him for years and they even worked together), who kept trying to get her to drink her drugged up cocktail. Eventually the Santa Monica Police Department arrived and arrested the scumbag, who didn’t “protest,” “ask why,” or “seem surprised.”

According to ABC News, the suspect, Michael Hsu, 25, is being held on $1 million bail on two charges, intent to commit a felony and administering a drug with the intent to commit a felony, and will be arraigned next week in L.A.

With over 114k shares on Facebook since it was first posted on May 27, this story has gone viral not only because of the heroic efforts of these three friends, but also because it is a reminder that date rape can happen to anyone, and that a victim is a victim — period.

According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, 293,000 sexual assaults occur each year, and of those, four out of five are committed by someone the victim knows.

I have to (guiltily) admit that when I hear about a lot of date rapes, I ignorantly and unintentionally place some of the blame on the victim. “Well, if she hadn’t been drinking so much, it could have been prevented” or “That’s what you get for dating on the Internet” are thoughts that have trailed through my mind. But when I read this story, goosebumps trickled down my arms — this could have happened to me.

I spent a decade of my single life in L.A., and though I wasn’t drinking alcohol during those years, there were several evenings that I ended up with male companions at the same lovely restaurant where this went down. I’m sure I got up at some point to go to the bathroom and never, ever thought about the chance that my Diet Coke was being tampered with. Fortunately, I have never been the victim of a crime like this, but not because I am smart, sober, or had great taste in men (trust me, I didn’t!). I guess I was just lucky.

Though it is unlikely that most of us will ever witness a scenario like this go down, Ulrich urges more people to speak up when something looks off.

“Thank you in advance to everyone who sees this and shares this and reminds each other that yes, you SHOULD say something. Even if it’s awkward or weird or just uncertain if anything can be done. Know that you did something. And that it helped,” she wrote.

It is also a reminder that, as another customer in the restaurant told Ulrich, “Some heroes don’t wear capes.”

h/t: Scary Mommy

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