A very real depiction of sexual assault
Dissolve succeeds at being entertaining, informative and powerful
by Chris Lane
Playwright Meghan Gardiner hopes to be put out of business by her play’s material becoming irrelevant. Yet that’s unfortunately not the case, as Dissolve’s subject matter, drug-facilitated sexual assault, is just as common as ever.
The comic moments make Dissolve very entertaining without trivializing any of the subject matter.
She’s accused of getting what she deserved, and “asking for it” by drinking too much and wearing a short skirt, before she learns at the doctor’s office that her story bears all the hallmarks of drug-facilitated sexual assault (the company advises against using the more common term “date rape” because a date implies consent).
- 25% of women who contact Vancouver Rape relief for help were drugged by their attacker.
- 60 % of Canadian college males say they would commit sexual assault if they knew they wouldn’t get caught, according to a 1992 analysis in Ontario.
- Only 1 in 10 sexual assaults are ever reported.
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience some form of unwanted sexual contact before they turn 16, as estimated in Canada in 2006.