It is with great regret that The Roofie Foundation announces that, due to financial circumstances, they are suspending their Helpline until further notice. This move has been forced on us by a number of different factors.
Firstly and most importantly - lack of funding. One of the reasons for this is the lack of support from the commercial sector and the withdrawal of funding from companies who, in better times, have supported us.
Over the years many companies have used our unique experience and expertise to promote themselves and their products using our name, or information and, in some cases, advertising on our web site. This advert does not cost and arm and a leg. It is just £400 for a year, not expensive for an advert that is seen by approximately 3,500 people per month or over 42,000 per year. However as the economic situation gets worse these companies have withdrawn their support citing a number of reasons why they cannot afford £400 for a year – hence we no longer can afford to run the telephone Help-Line.
Many professional organisations, researchers and individuals have also helped to create this situation. Somewhere on our web site we ask if anyone who uses our information in professional presentations or to help develop new products, or for their own papers or research, could make a donation to help fund our work. This has never happened in the fifteen years of our existence.
We know of many funded organisations, some governmental, that have used our information freely. Some organisations even run training sessions and teach drink spiking awareness courses, for which they charge a hefty fee, using information they have gained from our web site. We have even found copy and articles originating from our own web site on the web site of companies and organisations that have simply cut and pasted our information, not even bothering to re-write our material. May we remind everyone that the content of our website is copyright. It costs us time and money to do our work – please stop ripping us off.
Whilst The Roofie Foundation exists to help create awareness of drink spiking and drug rape we are not here for others to benefit at our expense. We don’t ask for much, just a few quid here and there to help cover our costs and overheads.
Apart from the lack of funding another reason why we are suspending the help line is that, over the years, more and more people seem to prefer to contact us via e-mail. In fact our e-mail referrals now almost outnumber our help-line calls. E-mail is also a way for the world to contact us and for the last couple of years we find we are dealing with more and more e-mails from drug rape victims around the world – the majority coming from America. This service will continue.
The Roofie Foundation will continue to exist and to provide help and information to victims of drug rape and drink spiking. By suspending the help line we will be able to concentrate our meagre resources on developing and updating our web site, providing help and assistance to victims of drink spiking and hopefully still playing a major role in raising awareness of the problems surrounding drink spiking and drug rape.