Po­lice back Girls Against Spik­ing

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS -

Po­lice have given their back­ing to a cam­paign to raise aware­ness about the spik­ing of drinks and en­cour­age more peo­ple to re­port it.

Girls Against Spik­ing was set up in Septem­ber 2018 with the aim of giv­ing in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice about keep­ing safe.

The group is cam­paign­ing to en­cour­age bars and night­clubs to pro­vide cups with lids to pre­vent drinks be­ing spiked on a night out.

The Strath­clyde Univer­sity union in Glas­gow was the first es­tab­lish­ment to of­fer lids for all drinks served at its bars on a trial ba­sis.

Stu­dent Cara Teven, founder of Girls Against Spik­ing, said: “Drink spik­ing can hap­pen to every­one re­gard­less of gen­der, age or sex­u­al­ity and for that rea­son it is an is­sue every­one should be con­cerned about.”

Po­lice Scot­land has now given its back­ing to the cam­paign.

As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble Gil­lian Mac­don­ald said: “We are sup­port­ing Girls Against Spik­ing to help raise aware­ness of drink spik­ing and en­cour­age peo­ple to re­port these in­ci­dents.

“Drinks can be spiked us­ing drugs or al­co­hol and there is not al­ways a sex­ual pur­pose be­hind it.

“We are aware of in­ci­dents where peo­ple spike a friend’s drink on a night out be­cause they think it’s funny.”

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