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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.”