In August 2013, Jackie Reilly was like any other college student. The 19-year-old had dreams. She had goals. And she was excited to begin her sophomore year at Syracuse University.
A peer advisor and member of Alpha Xi Delta, Jackie was happy to be reunited with her sorority sisters. On her second night back on campus, she and her friends headed to Syracuse's fraternity row for a night of celebrating. At about 1 a.m. she met up with a male classmate who had been messaging her online but whom she had never seen before in person.
With her friends beside her, the two chatted. Then he poured Jackie a drink and handed it to her—and that's the last she remembers before waking up, nine hours later, in a strange room, naked and disoriented. Hovering over her, fully clothed, was the same boy who'd poured her the drink the night before.
Medical reports from a local hospital later confirmed what Jackie already knew: She'd been raped.
Jackie, now a Syracuse senior, will forever question whether she'd been slipped a drug that night. "When I woke up, I didn't feel right. I was drowsy, unable to move," she said. "But the hospital didn't have a date-rape drug test, so I can't prove it." In addition, Jackie said that because she had removed her clothes and showered before seeking medical attention, the evidence was now damaged.