Is It Time For A Girls Night In?

In recent months, the issue of spiking in clubs and bars has increased. What we know about spiking, how it affects an individual and what the drug is, has changed. As girls we are warned to cover our drinks, never take drinks from strangers, and never go anywhere alone. When a drink gets corrupted there can be some signs, such as excessive bubbles, ice sinking, and a cloudy appearance. But what are we supposed to do when instead of swallowing the drug, an injection is forced into someone’s back? This is the sad reality we have to face, and where the Girls Night In Campaign comes in.

The aim of the campaign is to boycott all clubs and bars on different dates depending on the city (Southampton’s is October 27th). By doing this, clubs and bars will lose money and will have to take responsibility for the spiking issue. Obviously the issue is not completely down to the clubs, it is due to the individuals spiking another. However, many of these clubs lack security to make the clubbing experience as safe as it should be. To spread awareness of the campaign, many Instagram pages have been created so everyone gets the message. So far, 43 university towns have joined the campaign, and in Nottingham a petition has been created to make it a legal requirement to search individuals upon arrival at clubs. It has been signed by more than 130,000 people.

The campaign is asking specific things of clubs to reduce the amount of spiking. These objectives include making everyone aware of their anti-spiking policies, all staff and security having relevant and up to date training and access to medical rooms, and clubs to stock anti-spiking products such as cup caps and bottle stops.

All everyone wants to do is enjoy the excitement of clubbing, which is why this campaign has been created to hopefully gain the support of your local clubs and make the environment safe for everyone. The boycott doesn’t suggest staying at home all day, just not attending an event where spiking could possibly occur. Some have even suggested to boycott clubs for a whole week, however that is down to different individuals.

Victims have stated they have been left semi-paralysed after the incident, and not only does it have a massive effect on the physical body, but it takes a mental toll as well. Both genders can get spiked, although statistically it is more likely to be girls. Be safe when out, and be alert. Join the campaign to create a safer environment for all. Protect yourself and others.

Emma Foakes