I received a SipChip Kit for the purpose of this campaign. All ideas are 100% my own.
In over ten years of blogging, I am not sure I have ever been so passionate about sharing a product. The SipChip by Undercover Colors is helping women and men protect themselves against sexual assault one drink at a time.
The statistics on drug-facilitated sexual assault (DFSA) are staggering - and only increasing year after year. According to a study by the U.S. Department of Justice, nearly 1 in 10 women have been the victim of a DFSA assault. Another study found that more than 1 in 13 students reported being drugged.
And men are not immune - a separate study conducted by PLOS found that 12.5 percent of men have reported an incidence of sexual assault. These numbers - paired with the increase of online dating and dating apps make SipChip a necessary precaution to life in 2019.
Created by Undercover Colors, the SipChip is a one-inch diameter medallion that tests liquids in as little as 30 seconds to make sure the drink is safe for consumption. The SipChip works in cocktails, juices, beer, wine, and liquor with a small but clear display showing if the drink is "good" or "bad."
“Protection is not acceptance,” said Barbara Cook, CEO of Undercover Colors. “Drugging someone’s drink without their knowledge is a crime. But that doesn’t stop it from happening at colleges, bars, nightclubs, and hotels around the world. While we know the SipChip doesn’t solve the issue of sexual assault, we feel strongly that our science is a tool that can be used to promote safety. We’re responding to the real challenges of today by empowering people with information while pushing for a future where these types of crimes don’t happen.”
To use SipChip simply peel back the foil packaging, and put a drop of your beverage in the test window using your finger or the straw. It only takes a small drop of the drink to test with 99.3% accuracy and can give you peace of mind before you take that first sip.
I, sadly, nearly found myself in that "1 in 10" category of women years ago... and wish I had a tool like this back then. I was very fortunate that my girlfriends were there and knew the signs of the date rape drug and were able to get me to the ER quickly... but not everyone is so lucky.
As the mother of a young college student and whose two closest girlfriends are single and involved in online dating, I could not be more excited to discover and share this incredible little tool to help my girls avoid the scenario I found myself in all those years ago.
You can order the SipChip here and save 10% off a 5 pack by using the code SIPCHIP10OFF. The pack comes with two custom made carriers that let you discreetly help your SipChip close.
Whether you put it on your keychain, affix to your phone or wallet, or simply slide this tiny little tester into your pocket, you can protect yourself against sexual assault.