Women Help Prevent Date Rape At Restaurant

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Source: Sonia Ulrich Facebook

Real heroes exist.

Three women helped prevent a date rape after they noticed a guy put something in the drink of the woman he was out with at the Fig restaurant inside the Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica.

The three heroes, Sonia Ulrich, Marla Saltzer, and Monica Kenyon, were at the restaurant when they saw a man at another table put something in his date’s drink.

Sonia took to Facebook to share the story.

GUESS WHO STOPPED A RAPE LAST NIGHT?! THESE GALS!“, she began the post, which was accompanied by the above photo.

She continued: “Ok, so we’re still recovering from the events, but we wanted to tell the story. And if it seems like the photo is making light of a heavy situation, it’s because we know FB prioritizes pics AND we needed to get your attention. This is no joking matter.

Monica, Marla, and I were at Fig at the Fairmont for their delicious happy hour (“Fig at 5.” Treat yourself). I was going on about something and saw Monica staring behind and making a funny face. I stopped. “What’s going on?” After a few second she said “That guy just put something in her drink.”

After they saw what the guy did, the ladies started asking themselves what should they do next: “Now, Fig is a nice restaurant. We were enjoying our charcuterie platter and some fancy cheeses. That type of place. They had a bottle of wine they were splitting. It seemed like a first or second or third date. After a few “Oh god. What do we do”s, I got up to find her in the bathroom to tell her. Warn her. Tell her to get up and leave this creep. Make him drink it. Something.

So they followed the woman to the bathroom and they told her what they saw.

The woman was shocked: ““Oh My God.” She said. Shocked, kind of numb, so I babbled “Yeah, my girlfriend said she saw him put something in your drink and we had to say something. Woman to woman…you know. We had to say something. How well do you know that guy?” I was expecting to hear “We just met,” but I got:
“He’s one of my best friends.”Shit. Yeah. One of her best friends. They had known each other for a year and a half. They worked together.

Meanwhile, Marla had alerted the server and the manager of the situation. The manager immediately walked over to the table where the woman and man were sitting and poured her a glass of sparkling water.

The poor woman had to sit through 40 more minutes, sitting across from “one of her best friends” knowing that he was trying to drug her. Marla noticed him several times chinking his glass to hers to get her to drink. She played it cool. Mostly, I believed, just stunned. The staff wanted to jump in and dump the glass, dump him, do something! I was going through fantasies of walking up and demanding he drink the tainted glass of wine“, she recalled.

Eventually, the police arrived at the scene and told the guy to come with them. The man did not protest.

Thanks to the women notifying the restaurant staff immediately, they were able to check the security footage and they had him on tape. The glass was also taken in for evidence.

The ladies then offered to take the woman, who was still in shock, home. “We asked the girl if she had a ride home. “My car is at his place. In his building. We came together.” Part of a plan. We were blown away. She was still in shock.

After the guy was taken in by the police, the women were surrounded by other people who thanked them for their act of bravery and revealed to them that they had been victims of date rape.

At least 10 stories of being personally affected buy someone like this. Something like this. Those were only the ones who knew what went down. I am sure there were tons more stories through out the restaurant and the hotel“, Sonia wrote.

She concluded the post by thanking the restaurant manager for taking action and “everyone at Fig and Fairmont in Santa Monica for keeping this guy from harming someone.”

And 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.

Congratulation, ladies! You managed to prevent a date rape. You are true heroes.