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Call for action on ‘spiking’ of women


Reports of an alarming increase in the “spiking” of women in bars and nightspots across the country has created a sense of fear among female clubbers.

A large number of posts and warnings circulated on social media surroundin­g the practice of “needle spiking” – injecting someone with alcohol or drugs – with some people claiming they have been subjected to it while enjoying a night out.

This understand­ably led to many women becoming apprehensi­ve or even afraid to go out to clubs, and heralded Uk-wide protests to boycott nightspots.

Anna Cowan, a campaigner and co-founder of Girls Against, a non-profit organisati­on standing up against sexual assault and misogyny in the live music scene, said: “We need to see systemic change within the nightlife industry, like more training for staff and security to know how to spot warning signs and properly support people who have been spiked.”

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